Shooting survivor faces drug charges

By BRIAN BOHNERT
staff writer
Charges are pending for the surviving victim of a late-July shooting and her husband after a drug-related search warrant was executed on their West Lytle Street motel room Friday morning.
Tyeesha Ferguson-Snowden, 36, and her husband, Lamar Snowden, 36, both face charges of trafficking heroin, possession of crack cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of criminal tools and permitting drug abuse after officers from Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit and Fostoria Police Department executed a search warrant on room no. 12 of Fostoria Motel, 345 West Lytle St., at around 5 a.m. Friday.
The warrant, signed by Judge Mark Repp of the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, unveiled U.S. currency, suspected crack cocaine, suspected heroin, marijuana, criminal tools and evidence of drug trafficking.
All charges against the couple, and subsequent arrests, are dependent upon the conclusion of the investigation and the return of the lab analysis of substances discovered inside the motel room at the time of the raid, said Det. Chuck Boyer, METRICH coordinator.
“Unfortunately, with heroin, and even recently with cocaine, we have been sending all substances to the lab first and indicting later,” Boyer said. “Some stuff we do get comes back fake, so we have to use some discretion.”
The substances will be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Bowling Green for analysis with results expected in approximately two to three weeks.
“I’ll give the attorney general’s office some kudos on that. They’ve done a very good job with their turnaround,” he said.
Fostoria Police Department’s SWAT Team and K-9 Unit were also utilized in entering the motel room and executing the search warrant.
“Even though the amount of drugs and contraband were minimal, I consider the entire investigation to be successful due to the search warrant being executed safely, without injury, and the citizen complaints were addressed by the Task Force and the Fostoria Police Department,” said Fostoria Police Capt. Patrick Brooks in a news release.
Ferguson-Snowden was shot several times July 28 after her ex-boyfriend, Calvin B. Dixson, opened fire on her and her late-mother, Lisa Ferguson-Stowers, when they were sitting in a car outside 245 Bannister St. Dixson was convicted of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder on Oct. 24 and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Boyer said his office had no knowledge of Ferguson-Snowden participating in the alleged activity at the time of the shooting or the trial in which she testified against Dixson.
Boyer said he encourages citizens to continue to report suspicious activity to their local law enforcement agencies or to the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit Crime Hotline at 1-877-446-Drug (local no. 419-443-0463).

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