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Local authorities involved in holiday weekend drug bust

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FOSTORIA, OH — According to a press release, units from the Seneca County Drug Task Force (METRICH Enforcement Unit) along with additional officers from the Fostoria Police Department executed a drug-related search warrant Friday.

Officers executed the warrant on a residence located at 430 N. Main St., Apartment 2, Fostoria, home of Nichole Hernanandez, 33, and Marquis Devon Brown, 33, both formerly of Toledo.

The search warrant was signed by Judge Jay Meyer of the Seneca County Common Pleas Court – Juvenile Division. The bust unveiled US currency, suspected crack cocaine, marijuana, criminal tools, and evidence of drug trafficking.

Additional charges of trafficking crack cocaine, permitting drug abuse, possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools are all pending on the suspects involved upon the conclusion of the investigation and return of lab results.

“The task force was receiving a lot of drug intelligence on that specific residence, reporting suspecting drug activity for some time. I consider the entire investigation to be successful due to the search warrant being executed safely, without injury. Drugs were removed from our community and the citizens complaints were addressed,” Chief Keith Loreno of the Fostoria Police Department said.

Local residents say traffickers and dealers are known to use Fostoria as a base of business. “It’s sad really, there’s all kinds of drugs flowing through here,” Fostoria resident Bonita Flores said.

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