One arrested in METRICH bust

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A Fostoria man was arrested Wednesday evening after law enforcement officers executed a drug-related search warrant at his East Tiffin Street residence.

Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit, along with additional officers from Fostoria Police Department, conducted a search warrant at 303 E. Tiffin St., the residence of Chester Pettaway, 35, and Jamesetta McBeth, 32, unveiling suspected heroin and crack cocaine.

Following the execution of the search warrant, officers arrested Pettaway on charges of trafficking in crack cocaine and trafficking in heroin, both third-degree felony offenses, according to a news release from Chuck Boyer, METRICH coordinator.

Both Pettaway and McBeth face additional charges of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of criminal tools, and permitting drug abuse pending lab analysis of the alleged substances and the conclusion of the entire investigation, the news release stated.

Boyer said Wednesday’s 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, Boyer 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.

“It’s getting frustrating to continue to waste our resources on catching the same persons while they are out waiting for all the other previous charges and they continue to poison this community,” Boyer said in the news release.

In a Thursday interview with the Review Times, 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.

According to Fostoria Police Capt. Patrick Brooks, Pettaway is being held in Fostoria City Jail while awaiting a bond hearing with Judge Repp. Brooks said the hearing is likely to come Friday.

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