MANSFIELD -- There were 28 suspects indicted Wednesday after a drug sweep in Mansfield, according to a press release from the METRICH Enforcement Unit.

METRICH Commander Lt. Jason Bammann stated METRICH detectives with assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF), The Ohio State Highway Patrol Special Response Team (OSP-SRT), the Mansfield Division of Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a large scale drug sweep.

Authorities stated two search warrants were executed. The 28 suspects were indicted by the Richland County Grand Jury on 56 counts of drug trafficking and other related charges.

The search warrants were served at 354 1⁄2 Wayne St and 10 Gray Ct. in Mansfield. As a result, authorities seized 21 grams of crystal methamphetamine, powder cocaine, assorted prescription pills and over $265.

The NOVFTF apprehended 23 of the 28 suspects. During these apprehensions, four unrelated suspects were arrested for other warrants and or charges. The remaining five suspects still wanted by the Task Force are Jason Johnson, Gary Richardson, Devontre Brent, Sonja Adams, and Charity Griffith.

Anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of these individuals are asked to contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force Tip Line at 1-866-4WANTED or the Richland County Division office at 419-774-3565. All tipsters may remain anonymous and reward money is available.

Citizens may report suspicious activity to the crime hot lines at: 419-522-7463 and

METRICH Commander Lt. Jason Bammann stated the collaboration between the federal law enforcement agencies and the METRICH Enforcement Unit continues to have a positive impact on removing illegal drugs coming into the Mansfield, Richland County communities.

The METRICH Enforcement Unit will continue to target those individuals who engage in trafficking drugs and use all available resources to assist in removing illegal drugs from Mansfield/Richland County, Ohio. 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.

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