More than 40 bags of cocaine were found at a Plain City-area residence last week during a statewide raid of an illegal casino operation.
The house, which served as part of the illegal gambling operation, is located at 9970 Ketch Road in Plain City, the Union County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday, Aug. 12.
Richard Gould, 52, of Plain City, has been charged with felony drug possession and is being held at Tri-County Regional Jail. He was arraigned Wednesday in the Marysville Municipal Court where his bond was set at $150,000.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted agents from the Ohio Casino Control Commission Aug. 5 with the execution of a search warrant at the residence, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
While assisting casino control agents, deputies discovered what was believed to be a large quantity of cocaine packaged for possible resale in the same residence. An investigation was initiated by the Multi Agency Drug Enforcement Task Force.
An additional search warrant was obtained for the residence, the release noted. Firearms, money and other evidence related to alleged drug possession and trafficking were also found.
Detectives seized more than 40 individual bags containing alleged cocaine and multiple plastic bottles with additional suspected cocaine and cutting tools. The weight of the bags ranged from approximately 3 grams to 31 grams.
“This is a significant drug seizure and if convicted, Mr. Gould will be considered a Major Drug Offender,” Union County Prosecutor David Phillips stated in the release.
The alleged cocaine will be sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for testing.
The other nearby location searched in the casino search was Spin City, a business located about one mile east of West Jefferson on U.S. Route 40.
Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.
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