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Two arrested after area law enforcement carries out ‘Buy Bust’ drug operation

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On Wednesday, agents carried out a joint "Buy Bust" operation in Carroll Township that led to the arrest of two individuals: 41-year-old Terry D. Powell Jr. (left) and 27-year-old Erica L. Brown, both of Howard, Ohio. (Photo courtesy Ottawa County Sheriff's Office)

Carroll Township, Ohio — The Ottawa County Drug Task Force, along with several other agencies including the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Seneca County Drug Task Force / METRICH Enforcement Unit, announced Friday that they have carried out a one-month-long undercover drug trafficking operation that was occurring throughout central and northwest Ohio.

Agents with the Ottawa County Drug Task Force, Ohio BCI, Seneca County Drug Task Force, Sandusky County Drug Task Force, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfield County Major Crimes Unit, Columbus Police Department, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Carroll Township Police Department, and Perkins Township Police Department participated in the operation.

On Wednesday, the agents carried out a joint “Buy Bust” operation in Carroll Township that led to the arrest of two individuals: 41-year-old Terry D. Powell Jr. and 27-year-old Erica L. Brown, both of Howard, Ohio.

During the operation, agents recovered approximately six ounces of suspected methamphetamine, approximately $4,000 in cash, hypodermic needles, digital scales, baggies indicative of drug trafficking, and other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.

Powell was arrested and charged with a single count of trafficking methamphetamine in an amount great than 50x bulk, which is a felony of the first degree.

Brown was arrested and charged with complicity to trafficking methamphetamine in an amount greater than 50x bulk, which is also a felony of the first degree.

Both Powell and Brown are incarcerated at the Ottawa County Detention Facility.

Over the course of the investigation, agents seized approximately 323 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 74 grams of suspected heroin/fentanyl mixture, approximately $5,000 in cash, a loaded 9mm firearm, and several drug paraphernalia items.

The street value of all the narcotics seized is approximately $13,000.

Additional charges will likely be forthcoming against Powell, Brown, as well as additional co-conspirators, police said.

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