Commercial Point Man Indicted in Pickaway Co. for Drug Trafficking

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The Pickaway County Grand Jury has indicted a Commercial Point man on felony charges of drug possession and drug trafficking.

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Manuel Velazquez-Bernon, 42, was indited by the Pickaway County Grand Jury on four felony counts of possession of drugs, along with four felony counts of trafficking in drugs last Friday, April 5th.

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Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff says the case is a culmination of a joint investigation between the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, the Ohio The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program (HIDTA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Police Department, Gahanna Police Department and the Pickaway County Prosecutor’s Office.

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A search warrant was obtained for Manuel Velazquez-Bernon’s residence at 6 Brown Street om Commercial Point. The search warrant was executed on December 19th, 2018. During the search investigators located over 12 grams of fentanyl pills, 240 oxycodone hydrochloride pills, over 800 grams of marijuana, over, 0.5 grams of cocaine, three firearms, and $6,000 cash.

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On March 20 of this year, Manuel Velazquez-Bernon was taken into custody by ICE after more suspected cocaine was located at his residence by the above-mentioned investigators. He will be arraigned in the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court at a later date.

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Sheriff Radcliff would like to thank all the agencies involved for their continued cooperation. The Sheriff also urges the public to contact his office with any drug tips at (800)472-6033 or their anonymous tip line at tips@pickawaysheriff.com.

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