METRICH executes 3 warrants

Seneca County's METRICH unit executed three drug-related search warrants Monday.

The first two were executed simultaneously at 295 Jefferson St. and 290 1/2 Jefferson St. in Tiffin Monday morning. The third was at 346 N. Main St., Apt. 6, in Fostoria Monday evening.

Nicholas O. Webb, 31, formerly of Toledo, was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine, a fourth- degree felony, during execution of the Jefferson Street search warrants.

Officer Steven Beutler of Tiffin Police Department (left) escorts Nicholas O. Webb to a police cruiser after two drug-related search warrants were executed on Jefferson Street Monday morning.

Additional charges of trafficking prescription pills, trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of criminal tools and permitting drug abuse are pending against Webb upon conclusion of the drug investigation and the return of laboratory analysis of substances discovered in one of the houses when the warrants were executed, according to a METRICH release.

Unit Coordinator Chuck Boyer said Webb, who was taken to Seneca County Jail, allegedly was selling cocaine from both residences.

The search warrants, which were signed by Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Jay Meyer, yielded money, suspected marijuana, suspected cocaine, drug paraphernalia, criminal tools and evidence indicative of drug trafficking at 295 Jefferson St., according to the release. Webb and Krista Zeigler, 29, live at the residence.

Nothing illegal was discovered at 290 1/2 Jefferson St., the home of Lindy Warwick, 29, according to the release.

A grand jury is to decide whether Zeigler and Warwick will be charged with permitting drug abuse, Boyer said.

Additional officers from Tiffin Police Department, the department's special response team and its canine unit assisted METRICH with the search warrants. The operation started about 6 a.m., according to a Tiffin Police Department report.

Law enforcement executed a drug-related search warrant at 346 N. Main St., Apt. 6, in Fostoria Monday evening.

Boyer said Fostoria Police Department's uniformed officers responded to a domestic call and saw suspected drug-related items in plain view. They contacted the drug task force, he said.

Details about the search warrant in Fostoria were unavailable early this morning. Originally published in the Advertiser Tribune on November 25, 2014.


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