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Central city man faces additional drug-trafficking charges

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 A central city man faces additional charges after being indicted in connection to several overdoses and dog fighting.

Oscar L. Lawrence, Jr., 59, of the 1000 block of Vance Street, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony; possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony; having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; and defacing identification marks of a firearm, a misdemeanor offense.

On Sept. 28, police said Lawrence was in possession of fentanyl and cocaine. He also had a gun despite being legally barred from owning one following a conviction of possession of cocaine, and the weapon’s identification number had been altered, according to court records.

The offenses are said to have taken place within the vicinity of a school or near a juvenile, court records show.

A grand jury previously indicted him on Aug. 31 on charges of tampering with evidence, trafficking in cocaine, aggravated trafficking in drugs, and four counts of dog fighting.

Toledo police served a drug-related search warrant June 27 at his Vance Street home, where investigators found six dogs inside. Four of the dogs appeared to have been used in dog fighting.

Lawrence was released on a surety bond in the earlier case, and a supervised recognizance bond was set for the new charges.


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