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Published: Monday, 6/4/2007

6 nabbed for selling crack cocaine in area


BOWLING GREEN Authorities say they have shut down an operation in which crack cocaine from Toledo was being sold in Bowling Green and North Baltimore.

On Friday, six people were arrested and charged with trafficking in crack cocaine following a long-term investigation by the Wood County Sheriff s Office and North Baltimore police.

Arrested on East Wooster Street near Bowling Green State University were Roxanne Torrez, 34, of Perrysburg and Frankie Hernandez, 26, of rural Cygnet. Arrested at 215 Napoleon Road were Shawn Hager, 46, and James Bateson, 34, both of Bowling Green, and Andrea Vidales, 44, and Christina Leuck, both of Toledo.

The suspects have been charged with trafficking in drugs and complicity in trafficking crack cocaine. Gwen Howe-Gebers, an assistant Wood County prosecutor, said more charges and arrests are expected.

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said the investigation shut down an operation in which a group was bringing crack cocaine from Toledo and selling it in Bowling Green and North Baltimore.

Read more in later editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com.

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