Two Fremont residents were arrested Monday evening after law enforcement conducted an undercover drug sting operation on West Market Street.
Chuck Boyer, unit coordinator of the Seneca County Drug Task Force - METRICH Enforcement Unit, said Tammy L. Stuckman, 44, was arrested and charged with trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony, and Arthur J. Stuckman Jr., 27, was arrested and charged with complicity to trafficking in heroin, also a fifth-degree felony, after law enforcement made an undercover buy from the husband and wife in a parking lot in the 800 block of West Market Street.
"We just arrested them right on the spot," Boyer said.
Following their arrests, law enforcement then conducted a search warrant at the pair's Fremont residence on South Park Avenue where suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia and criminal tools were found, according to a release from METRICH.
Boyer said the Stuckmans allegedly had been selling heroin in Tiffin for the last month.
"It was quite a bit of heroin," he said.
According to the release, the Stuckmans face additional charges of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine, possession of criminal tools and trafficking in crack cocaine pending lab analysis of the suspected drugs and the conclusion of the drug investigation.
"The suspects arrested in this investigation were just one cell of individuals who are not from our city who chose to sell their heroin in ours. Today is just a small example of the message we are sending. If you choose to sell drugs in our home, we will go raid yours, no matter where it is," Boyer said in the release.
According to the release, METRICH was assisted Monday by officers from Tiffin Police Department, Fremont Police Department and special agents from the Attorney General's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification - Narcotics Division and Drug Enforcement Agency.
"The collaboration of agencies involved in this entire investigation was instrumental in the success of this operation. I am pleased to see the drug unit working together with all the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to combat against drugs in our communities," Tiffin Police Chief Fred Stevens said in the release.
Citizens are encouraged to continue to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement agencies or the METRICH Enforcement Unit Crime Hotline at (877) 446-DRUG or (419) 443-0463.