Fostoria man’s drug trial begins

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Stephanie Kiser, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, delivers her opening statement during Frisco Parks’ trial in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Monday.

The trial for a Fostoria man accused of drug and weapons crimes started Monday morning in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom.

Frisco W. Parks, 33, was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, one second-degree felony and one third-degree felony; having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; and possessing of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

The grand jury specified the alleged drug trafficking occurred within the vicinity of a youth and that a semi-automatic pistol, a BB gun, a video camera, two tablets, a cell phone and $756 are subject to forfeiture, according to his indictment.

The two-man, 10-woman jury was seated Monday morning.

In her opening statement, Stephanie Kiser, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said it was a simple, straightforward case involving drugs and firearms. It involved a single operation conducted by Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit and a search warrant at Parks’ home, she said.

A firearm, which Parks legally is not allowed to possess, was found in the home, and there were two different strengths of oxycodone pills, Kiser said.

In his opening statement, Alex Treece, Parks’ attorney, said it was an “odd” sort of trafficking case, and the flaws in the case are in the drug charges.

Treece said the jury would not have any testimony where a person would say Parks offered to sell the person pills or sold the person pills. He told the jury to keep an open mind.

The trial is to resume this morning.

In a separate case, Parks was charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony. The trial for the charge is set for Wednesday and Thursday.