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Pettaway pleads not guilty in METRICH raid

A Fostoria man arrested last month during a METRICH raid entered a plea of not guilty to multiple drug charges.
Chester Pettaway Jr., 35, 303 E. Tiffin St., pleaded not guilty to two counts of trafficking drugs, a third-degree felony, and one count of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, during an arraignment in Judge Michael P. Kelbley’s Seneca County courtroom Friday, according to court records.
The charges stem from an April 9 arrest in which officers with Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit, along with additional officers from Fostoria Police Department, executed a drug-related search warrant at Pettaway’s East Tiffin Street residence. The search of the home unveiled suspected heroin and crack cocaine.
Pettaway’s bond was set at $300,000 with no 10 percent.
Jamesetta McBeth, 32, was also at the residence at the time of the search warrant but has not yet been charged in connection to the crime.
In a previous interview with the Review Times, METRICH Coordinator Det. Chuck Boyer said the April 9 search warrant, which was signed by Judge Mark Repp of Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, was the third time law enforcement officers have searched Pettaway’s residences since 2011. As a result, he said Pettaway has multiple counts of possession and trafficking pending from the previous investigations.
According to Seneca County clerk of court records, Pettaway has three separate cases pending through Seneca County Common Pleas Court. In those cases, he is charged with possession of cocaine, trafficking in drugs, possession of criminal tools, burglary and drug abuse.
Additionally, Boyer said there were children present in the residence at the time the search warrant was executed, but no charges of child endangerment are pending.
Fostoria Police Department’s K-9 Unit also assisted in the execution of the search warrant.
No future court date has been set on this case.

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