Search nets large quantities of drugs

Officers arrested two people and seized cocaine, heroin, prescription medication, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a loaded gun and cash while executing a search warrant Thursday.

After receiving complaints of suspicious activity, METRICH Task Force, Mansfield Police Department, ASORT and the Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant at 1533 Maxwell Drive in Mansfield, according to a news release from METRICH. The search warrant was signed by Judge Jerry Ault.

Drug investigators seized more than 2,000 unit doses of prescription medication, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a loaded gun, cash, 100 grams of cocaine and more than 200 grams of heroin, an amount nearly the size of a baseball, according to the release.

Charles McCoy, 63, and his girlfriend, Mary L. Bernhardt, 26, were arrested and incarcerated.

Both were charged with possession of heroin and possession of cocaine, and McCoy was charged with possession of Oxycodone. All are felony-level charges.

Additional charges will be presented to the Richland County Prosecutor's Office.

METRICH Commander Lt. Joy Stortz commended the investigators for their relentless efforts to remove drugs from the community.

Originally published in the News Journal on April 28, 2016.

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