11-month drug investigation nets 4 arrests in Defiance Co.

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DEFIANCE, Ohio (WANE) – Four people were arrested in Defiance County Friday on multiple-drug related charges after an 11-month investigation involving the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamines, according to the Multi-Area Narcotics Task Force.

In a statement, police released the names of four people facing intial charges after a search warrant was executed in Defiance on Friday.

Police said Juan Montez, Jr., 22, Defiance, was found in possession of 56 grams of cocaine. He was charged with felony possession of cocaine.

34-year-old Valentino R. Urbina of Defiance was found in possession of 506 grams of cocaine. He was charged with felony possession of cocaine.

During a traffic stop on Oct. 17, police arrested Theodore L. Berner, 51, Defiance, on multiple charges. Investigators said Berner was found in possession of cocaine, hydrocodone, and methamphetamine. Police also found a loaded firearm in the vehicle.

Police said Berner is believed to have destroyed evidence on his cell phone.

Berner was also involved in Friday’s incident and found in possession of 94 grams of cocaine.

Berner is facing charges of felony possession of cocaine, two counts of aggravated possesson of drugs, tampering with evidence, and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

Police also arrested Rodolfo J. Garay, 35, Dallas, Texas, for felony possession of cocaine. Investigators said Garay delieved approximately 896 grams of cocaine to a home in Defiance County.

A task force statement said during Friday’s search they discovered a half-pound of marijuana and a large amount of cash. Police confiscated three vehicles.

Police have not said when the search occurred Friday or given an address where it took place.

Additional charges are expected.

The investigation is ongoing.