Lake Township police executed arrest warrants Monday at the Woodville Road home of two persons indicted for their role in an alleged drug ring operating in northwest Ohio.
Neil Cannon and Jill Cannon were taken into custody at their residence at 1539 Woodville Road in Lake Township.
According to the Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH Enforcement Unit, Logan Munson, Fostoria, O., and Alexis Delarosa, Sr., also of Fostoria, were also taken into custody by other law enforcement agencies of the unit.
A fifth suspect was still at large last week.
The arrests follow a two-year investigation that resulted in a Seneca County grand jury issuing a 31-count indictment, including 19 counts of trafficking in cocaine.
Eight of the trafficking counts include juvenile specifications that allege the drug sales were made within 100 feet of a juvenile.
All five suspects are being charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony. The Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization charge carries a mandatory sentence of three to 10 years in prison.
Also listed in the indictments are charges of trafficking in heroin and marijuana, possession of cocaine, aggravated possession of drugs, tampering with evidence, possession of criminal tools, and obstructing official business.
Law enforcement personnel seized more than $5,000 as part of the investigation into the cocaine trade.
“This investigation began with street level distributors of cocaine in Fostoria, Ohio, but also includes mid-level cocaine suppliers who are responsible for transporting and distributing multiple kilograms of cocaine in Fostoria throughout the time of this investigation,” said Detective Matt Armstrong, of the METRICH unit. “These efforts should place a burden on the persons who continue to poison our neighborhoods with the drugs they distribute.”
The Fostoria Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Department, Hancock County Drug Task Force, and METRICH unit and special agents of the drug investigation unit of the Bowling Green office of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification participated in the undercover component of the investigation.
Last August, Lake Township police responded to a burglary report at the Woodville Road home while it was occupied.
Evidence collected indicated the home was intentionally targeted by three men who took a cell phone and cash.
An adult and three juveniles were in the home at around 9:47 p.m. on Aug. 13 when three males wearing ski masks entered and said they were police officers.
Two of the men had guns, according to police reports.