BELLVILLE -- Drug-related evidence and a handgun were seized Wednesday when the METRICH Enforcement Unit, assisted by Bellville police and the Richland County Sheriff's Dept., raided a home at 102 Main St.

The search warrant was executed at that location as part of  an ongoing investigation involving Bellville Police and METRICH Enforcement Unit, according to Mansfield police Sgt. Steve Blust, a member of the multi-county METRICH drug task force.

Blust said electronic and digital evidence, a Taurus 9mm handgun and other drug-related evidence was seized.

The Richland County Prosecutors Office is reviewing the case for charges, according to Blust.

Blust said the case was a result of cooperation between local law enforcement agencies and citizens willing to come forward to deter this type of activity.

The METRICH Enforcement Unit encourages citizens to continue to be proactive by reporting suspected drug activity. Citizens can call the METRICH Crime Tip Hotline at 419-52-CRIME (419-522-7463) or the Task Force line at 419-755-9728.


METRICH is a 10-county decentralized task force in North Central Ohio, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for citizens 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.

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