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Man sentenced to over 15 years, sold fentanyl-laced drugs

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TIFFIN, OH — A Toledo man was sentenced to over 15 years in prison Wednesday afternoon.

According to Seneca County courts, Lamar L. Cartlidge, 38, pleaded guilty in August to charges of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies; two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both fourth-degree felonies; possession of cocaine, trafficking in cocaine and aggravated possession of drugs, all fifth-degree felonies; and attempted complicity to possession of cocaine, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Local authorities say Cartlidge’s product was often laced with fentanyl, a deadly opioid-based drug that is responsible for many drug-related deaths in the area.

Judge Michael P. Kelbley of the Seneca County Common Pleas Court sentenced Cartlidge to 12 years in prison, with a remaining 3 1/2 years of post-release control to be served in prison. Cartlidge’s total sentence was 15 1/2 years in prison, with credit for five days served, according to the court.

You may remember Mr. Cartlidge’s name from past news reports. He’s been a subject of several drug-related investigations conducted by METRICH and other units. In September 2017, for example, several search warrants were executed in relation to Mr. Cartlidge.

One was executed in New Riegel, which was the residence of Cartlidge and his girlfriend, Amanda Jenkins.

Another at the residence of Hannah Bicknel in Fostoria, and a trailer at Highland Trailer Park, resided in by Andrew Foy.

During the raids, several things were found such as marijuana, U.S. currency, drug paraphernalia, criminal tools, drug abuse instruments, and more.

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