The METRICH Enforcement Unit conducted a drug sweep Thursday with the assistance of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, Mansfield Police, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Richland County Court Services.
Sgt. Joseph Petrycki stated METRICH Detectives targeted 31 suspects during this sweep, and conducted four searches of residences. Mansfield Police Chief Ken Coontz said, “Detectives worked very hard to put this sweep together, and this was an excellent example of collaboration between local agencies working toward improving our community.”
Sgt. Petrycki reported METRICH Detectives and NOVFTF members seized nearly $18,000 in drug money, marijuana, a stolen AR-15 rifle, a Jennings’s handgun, ammunition, a double barrel shotgun, video security systems, drug paraphernalia, large scale marijuana grow equipment, Percocet pills, synthetic drugs, two vehicles, and nearly 36 grams of heroin. Detective Steve Schivinski and Detective Aaron Bushey stated, “This was a very successful sweep for us, and we will continue to target other drug dealers within our community.”
U.S. Marshal Ross Wilbur stated the NOVFTF was tasked with locating and arresting the 31 suspects. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 18 of the 31 suspects have been arrested and served indictments.
METRICH is a ten-county decentralized task force in North Central Ohio whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the citizens we serve by reducing the availability of illegal drugs and weapons through proactive enforcement efforts. The success of METRICH is a tribute to the cooperation and support within the Law Enforcement Community in the METRICH region and to those citizens who have chosen to improve the quality of life in their communities by assisting METRICH in reporting suspicious activity and valuable information.
Citizens may report suspicious activity to the crime hot lines at 419-522-7463 and www.METRICH.com.