Man charged with multiple drug counts

A Newark man potentially faces decades in prison after being charged with nine counts related to allegedly having nearly a pound of heroin and large amounts of crack cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana in his possession.

Fritz J. Davis, 24, last known address 422 New Haven Ave., was indicted Thursday with one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; possession of heroin, a first-degree felony; possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony; and possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

Davis also was indicted for having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, and aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree felony. Additionally, he is charged with four firearm specifications and nine forfeiture specifications.

Davis was arrested July 14 after being stopped by members of the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force. Search warrants were executed at houses on Mallard Circle and New Haven Avenue related to Davis.

If convicted, Davis could be classified as a major drug dealer, meaning the judge handling his case could sentence him to an additional mandatory prison sentence on the charges the classification applies to.

Davis is free after posting a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear for an arraignment Aug. 12.

According to court records, Davis has not hired an attorney and plans to apply for a court-appointed lawyer.

The task force told The Advocate at the time of Davis’s arrest that about 500 grams of heroin, about one pound, was located in one of the residences, along with multiple firearms and large quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of more than $9,200, three firearms, a television, other electronics, a crossbow and a safe.

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