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Joint investigation nets counterfeit drugs, guns

Story By: Brad Francis

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 6/28/2013

A six-month, joint investigation leads to the seizure of more than 100-thousand dollars in counterfeit pharmaceutical products.

With warrant in-hand, officers with the Richland County Sheriff's Office searched a home on Carpenter Road, in Mansfield.  Inside, they seized not only those counterfeit drugs, but also five firearms, including a combat 12 gauge shotgun and a high capacity pistol, and 33 rounds of ammunition.  The invesgiation continues.

The Department of Homeland Security, ICE, U-S Customs, and U-S Postal Service were all involved in the investigation leading to the search warrant.

The Richland County Sheriff's Office, Violent Crimes Impact Team (VCIT) and Major Crimes Unit also conducted two additional High Intensity Patrol Operations on Thursday.

The VCIT conducted a consent search in the 3000 block of Henry Road, in Plymouth Township. That search resulted in the discovery of a marijuana indoor grow operation.  Officers seized numerous marijuana plants, grow equipment and paraphernalia.   That investigation is ongoing.

The VCIT then conducted surveillance in the 1100 block of Pawnee Avenue, in Mansfield, of 47-year-old William R. Stamper; a wanted fugitive linked to several residential breaking & enterings. Stamper and a woman were taken into custody.  A search of the trailer home resulted in the discovery of drug paraphernalia and suspected stolen credit cards and checks.  This investigation is also ongoing.

   
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