A suspected dealer thought to be connected to a string of heroin overdoses in Seneca County over the Nov. 11 weekend was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Fremont.
A search warrant was executed at about 2 p.m. on a room at Old Orchard Motel, 2438 W. State St., said Chuck Boyer, unit coordinator of Seneca County Drug Task Force — METRICH Enforcement Unit.
Boyer said police found about $3,000 in cash, scales, a cellphone and about $19,000 of suspected heroin.
Marvin L. McNeary, 31, of Southfield, Michigan, was charged with trafficking heroin and had an active warrant out of Detroit, according to a release from Seneca County Drug Task Force — METRICH Enforcement Unit.
Charges of trafficking heroin and possession of criminal tools are pending, based on analysis of the suspected heroin, the release stated.
Sandusky County Drug Task Force and Fremont Police also participated in execution of the search warrant.
McNeary is a dealer “directly connected” to the string of overdoses last month, Boyer said.
The state issued an overdose alert for Seneca County Nov. 12 after five overdoses were reported in the previous two days.
“I’m very pleased (with) the outcome of this investigation,” he said. “Tiffin and Seneca County is just a little safer tonight.”
Although one dealer is off the street, Boyer said there are others supplying people with heroin.
“This is just one of the sources of many that are unidentified at this point,” he said. “It was a major source, but it was one source.”
Originally published in the Advertiser Tribune on December 1, 2016.