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Duo sentenced after Fostoria drug investigation

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Anthony N. Nix (left) and Crystal N.E. Dayton. (Photo Credit: Seneca County Drug Task Force)

Fostoria, Ohio — The Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit announced Wednesday that they have concluded a drug investigation with the sentencing of Anthony N. Nix in the Seneca County Common Pleas Court.

The investigation began on April 8, 2021, at which time a drug related search warrant was executed at 1020 Buckley St. in Fostoria. Police say that is the residence of 38-year-old Anthony N. Nix, formerly of Detroit, and 34-year-old Crystal N.E. Dayton, of Fostoria.

The search resulted in the seizure of nearly 40 grams of fentanyl, nearly 35 grams of methamphetamine, a large sum of U.S. currency, and criminal tools.

Following the search, Nix and Dayton were taken into custody. Nix was charged with trafficking in a fentanyl related compound, a first-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), a first-degree felony; possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; and endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor. Dayton was arrested on an active Adult Parole Authority warrant on a previous drug case.

Dayton pleaded guilty in February to complicity in trafficking in a fentanyl related compound, a first-degree felony; and complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), a first-degree felony. Judge Michael Kelbley sentenced Dayton to a minimum of 7 years and a maximum of 10.5 years in state prison.

On Wednesday, Nix pleaded guilty to all four charges. He was sentenced by Judge Kelbley to a minimum of 12 years and a maximum of 15 years in state prison.

“Nix was out of prison just seven months, after serving a 16 year sentence before he came to Fostoria for one thing — to sell drugs,” METRICH Detective Brandon Bell said in a press release. “Unfortunately for him, he picked the wrong county to do it in.”

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