Downtown drug bust leads to arrest

A Fremont man was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine after an undercover drug
operation in Tiffin Thursday afternoon.

James R. Bell, 35, was arrested and charged with the fourth-degree felony charge after law
enforcement confiscated cocaine and money during an operation in an alley in the 200 block of
North Washington Street, according to a release from the Seneca County Drug Task Force
METRICH Enforcement Unit.

Bell had been out on bond from an arrest in January in which he also was charged with
trafficking in cocaine. According to the release, METRICH arrested him in January during an
undercover drug operation on South Washington Street.

"Mr. Bell might be a Fremont resident, but he does have a prior history of being in the city of
Tiffin and being involved in drugs. His actions obviously indicate he didn't learn anything from
the last time we apprehended him," said METRICH coordinator Det. Chuck Boyer in the release.

Additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from Thursday’s operation are
pending for Bell, who is being held at the Seneca County jail.

Originally published in the Advertiser Tribune on October 12, 2012.

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