CELINA, Ohio (ADAMS) – Two Mercer County men were arrested after the sheriff’s office got a tip that one was bringing fentanyl into the county.
31-year-old Zachary Frazier and 29-year-old Alan Bricher, both of Coldwater have been charged with drug possession. Acting on a tip, deputies learned that Frazier went to Dayton Thursday night and bought fentanyl.
They conducted a traffic stop when he returned and found the drugs.
Other information gathered during the stop led to a warrant and a search of his home.
The Mercer County Sheriff released the following:
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced this morning the arrest of Zachary Frazier, 31, Coldwater, and Alan Bricher, 29, Coldwater, for drug possession, fifth degree felonies. Mercer County Sheriff’s Detectives, acting on information that they had received surveilled Frazier as he went to the Dayton, OH area to purchase fentanyl on Thursday evening.
When Frazier came back to Mercer County, a Deputy Sheriff in a marked Mercer County Sheriff’s Car stopped Frazier for lanes of travel violations on State Route 118 near Lange Road. Detectives then contacted Coldwater Police as they had the only K9 on duty in the county. Coldwater K9 Franko alerted to the vehicle. A search was conducted of the vehicle and several baggies were located in the vehicle. The baggies contained fentanyl. Detectives weighed the fentanyl and it had a combined gross weight of 47.53 grams (47,530 milligrams) . A fatal dose of fentanyl is considered 2 milligrams. Frazier was then taken into custody without incident. Bond was set by Celina Municipal Court Judge Kathryn Speelman at $250,000, subject to 10%.
With the information gathered at the traffic stop, detectives were able to apply for and receive a night time search warrant that was executed at Bricher’s residence on Second Avenue, Coldwater. During the execution of the search warrant, additional narcotics and drug paraphernalia were seized. Detectives were assisted in serving the search warrant by the Coldwater Police Department. Bricher was taken into custody without incident and his bond was also set by Celina Municipal Court Judge Kathryn Speelman at $250,000, subject to 10%. The prosecutor’s office assisted throughout the evening with legal advice and search warrant preparation.
Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that was observed making several lane violations on State Route 118 near Lange Rd. Coldwater Police Departments K9 was called to assist with the traffic stop and alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. A search was then conducted of the vehicle and several baggies were located, which were later identified to be Fentanyl with a combined gross weight of 47.53 grams. The driver of the vehicle, Zachary R. Frazier (DOB 6/5/1990) was arrested and transported to the Mercer County Jail without incident. His bond was set at $250,000 subject to 10% by Judge Speelman.
With information obtained from the traffic stop, a search warrant was then applied for and granted for the residence at 206 Second Ave. In Coldwater OH. Additional suspected narcotics and drug paraphernalia were seized during the search of the residence. Alan J. Bricher (DOB 6/19/1992) was then arrested and also transported to the Mercer County Jail without incident. His bond was also set at $250,000 subject to 10% by Judge Speelman.
The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Coldwater Police Department, and the Prosecutors Office.