Judge sets bond

A Tiffin man who police say is a “person of interest” in heroin overdoses appeared in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom Thursday morning.

Shuff set bond for Cody R. Brown, 26, at $250,000, with no 10 percent, cash or surety.

Brown had been out on bond for a case through Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

He was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on two counts of trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felonies, in December. He failed to appear for a hearing in Shuff’s courtroom Jan. 12, and a bench warrant for his arrest was issued, they state.

Detective Chuck Boyer, unit coordinator of Seneca County Drug Task Force — METRICH Enforcement Unit, said Tiffin Police Department had information Brown was living with his girlfriend, Leticia Lopez, at 70 1/2 Coe St., the residence of Lopez’ mother, Terri Smith. When officers arrived, Lopez told them Brown wasn’t there, but they saw him in a back room, he said.

Brown was arrested on the outstanding warrant.

Officers suspected Brown had heroin in the back room and summoned the drug task force, Boyer said.

The task force obtained a search warrant for a safe it found and located a gun inside. Officers found what appeared to be heroin, digital scales and other items consistent with drug trafficking, Boyer said.

Brown is a person of interest in task force investigations, including into overdoses, Boyer said.