Two men were arrested after a METRICH raid Thursday night at 2724 Holtz Road netted three ounces of suspected crystal methamphetamine, prescription medications, more than $500 in U.S. currency, two handguns, numerous rounds of ammunition and a variety of assorted drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from METRICH.

At 8:43 p.m., the METRICH Enforcement Unit, with assistance from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, served a drug-related search warrant at the residence after several complaints of drug trafficking in the area.
Jacob Stewart and Marc Noblit, who both lived at the residence, were arrested and taken to the Richland County Jail pending their appearance in court, according to a news release from METRICH. Additional charges may be forwarded to the Richland County prosecutor for review.

Stewart, 36, is charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, both felonies of the second degree; weapons under disability, a felony of the third degree; and endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Noblit, 62, is charged with possession of drugs, a felony of the second degree, according to the news release.

METRICH Commander Lt. Joseph D. Petrycki said the investigation was the result of collaboration between the Richland County Sheriff’s Office and the METRICH Enforcement Unit working together with the goal of removing drugs and weapons from the communities in Richland County.

Mansfield police Lt. Joseph D. Petrycki also thanked those in the community who called in the tips and complaints which assisted detectives in this investigation.

Originally published in the News Journal on July 27, 2018.