Convicted drug felon arrested in raid

A man awaiting sentencing on prior drug charges and alleged by police to have caused a recent drug overdose was arrested Wednesday by authorities in a drug raid at 802 E. Third St.

Bryant Boyd, 39, is charged with two counts of drug trafficking, according to Ottawa County Task Force commander Carl Rider, after his agency allegedly seized suspected heroin, cutting agents, a digital scale containing possible drug residue, and packaging materials commonly used to traffic drugs.

“The evidence will be taken to the (Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation) lab,” Rider said Thursday.

Rider said Wednesday’s raid was not the first time the task force has arrested Boyd.

Ottawa County Common Pleas Court records show Boyd is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in December to trafficking and possessing drugs stemming from a September 2015 incident.

“The task force has dealt with him numerous times since the late 1990s,” Rider said. “he has been convicted of drug trafficking in Ottawa County three times, and is pending sentencing.”

Rider said Boyd previously served eight years in prison for drug trafficking, a sentenced reduced from 16.5 years.

Officers conducted surveillance on the Third Street residence prior to executing the search warrant that led to Boyd’s arrest on Wednesday, Rider said.

“During this time at least 15 individuals came and went from the residence. One of these individuals was the victim of a suspected overdose at Lakeview Estates, just prior to the execution of the search warrant,” Rider said.

He said the overdose victim was taken to Magruder Hospital for treatment and survived.

Boyd also pleaded guilty in December to a felony charge of abduction and will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10 by Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters, the same day Winters will sentence Boyd on drug trafficking charges.

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