Man charged in search

Police arrested a person of interest in connection with an alleged fatal overdose Saturday night.

Detective Chuck Boyer, of Seneca County Drug Task Force - METRICH Enforcement Unit, said Tyree L. Carpenter, 34, formerly of Fostoria, was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin, a third-degree felony, and trafficking crack cocaine, a fourth-degree felony, as a result of a search Saturday at his residence, 621 N. Union St., in Fostoria.

Earlier Saturday, an alleged overdose was reported at Arby's, 301 N. Countyline St., Fostoria.

"We believe (the residence) was related to the overdose," Boyer said.

Fostoria Police Department Chief Keith Loreno said the overdose at Arby's was fatal. He did not release further information about the incident late Saturday night.

Boyer said heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, criminal tools and approximately $1,300 in cash were seized in the search that started at about 8 p.m. Saturday.

He said Carpenter lived with other people at the residence.

"The other people living there were not involved," Boyer said.

He said Tiffin Fostoria Municipal Court Judge Mark Repp signed the search warrant.

Carpenter was being held in Seneca County Jail Saturday night.

Fostoria Police Department assisted METRICH Enforcement Unit during the search.

Boyer said the incident was under investigation Saturday night and further charges of trafficking of heroin, permitting drug abuse and possession of criminal tools were pending for Carpenter.

According to a METRICH release, citizen complaints of the alleged activity at the residence contributed to the investigation.

"This is another example of multiple law enforcement agencies around Fostoria working together to send another clear message that the drug dealers are not welcomed here in our city," Loreno said in a release. "These distributors of illegal drugs have destroyed far too many lives. As long as our citizens and police stay vigilant, together we will continue to reduce the criminals ability to supply these poisons."

Originally published in The Advertiser Tribune on April 3, 2016.

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