Local drug dealer pleads guilty

Cary Ashby • Jun 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

A Monroeville man pleaded guilty to one-half of his drug-related indictment Tuesday.

Charles L. Teeple, 29, of 169 North St., Apt. 4, Monroeville, pleaded guilty to one amended count of trafficking in oxycodone for a May 30, 2012 incident. The former Bellevue resident faces six to 18 months behind bars when he is sentenced July 11.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss another similar count in connection with a June 2, 2012 incident.

Teeple was one of about 10 suspects arrested March 12 after the Bellevue Police Department received indictments from grand juries in Huron and Sandusky counties. Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol provided a police dog and officer during the sweep.

"These arrests are the result of a six-month operation that netted over 50 drug trafficking cases," Detective Capt. Matt Johnson said soon afterward.

Assisting police with the operation were the METRICH Drug Task Force, DEA, Huron and Sandusky County sheriff's offices and the Norwalk, Willard, Fremont and Clyde police departments.

Teeple earlier posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond. He is subject to random drug screens.

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