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3 arrested in Butler County drug bust that included ‘substantial amount’ of meth, fentanyl

Three people were arrested Tuesday night after Butler County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop at Park Avenue and F Street in Hamilton. The driver, Veronica Louis Sacco, 27, was arrested on outstanding warrants out of Montgomery County, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The front seat passenger, Nathaniel Morningstar, 30, was found […]

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Fentanyl persists, crystal meth rises in Lake County in 2018

As recently as five years ago there wasn’t a single fentanyl case in the Lake County Crime Lab. Now it’s the most commonly seen opioid in the Painesville Township-based lab. “This trend is noted in other hard hit opioid areas in the country,” said Doug Rohde, the crime lab’s supervisor of chemistry and toxicology. The […]

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METRICH raid nets drugs, guns, cash; one arrested

Drugs, guns and cash were seized Thursday morning during a METRICH raid at 75 Helen Ave., according to a news release from Mansfield police Lt. Joseph D. Petrycki, who is also the METRICH commander. The METRICH Enforcement Unit, with assistance from the Mansfield Division of Police and the Allied Special Operations Response Team (ASORT) served […]

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Man sent to prison for selling drugs in county jail

A man accused of helping a drug smuggler sell fentanyl to inmates in the Ottawa County jail was sentenced to prison. Timothy Johnson, 49, of Toledo, pleaded guilty to illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility and aggravated fentanyl trafficking in October. Johnson appeared in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court on Monday for his […]

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Officials: 1/2 gram of fentanyl-laced cocaine caused overdoses of 4 friends in Norwood

A Winton Terrace man is accused of selling the fentanyl-laced cocaine that killed two friends in Norwood. Antwan Reliford, 28, was arrested Nov. 7 on a bus in Louisville after officials said he fled Ohio. In August, three men and a woman bought half a gram of what they thought was cocaine from Reliford, officials said. All […]

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