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Search warrants net drug arrests in Brunswick

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    Steven Kochera

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    Jaimie Rericha

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Two people were arrested on drug-related charges this week after agents from the Medina County Drug Task Force and officers from Brunswick and Brunswick Hills police departments searched two Brunswick residences.

Following complaints about possible drug-related activity at a mobile home in the 300 block of Pearl Road, investigating agents said they purchased methamphetamine from resident Steven Kochera, 25, according to a task force news release.

After obtaining a search warrant, agents seized additional amounts of suspected methamphetamine from the mobile home Tuesday, the release said, and Kochera was arrested on a second-degree felony charge of methamphetamine possession.

A 5-year-old child in the home with Kochera at the time of the search was released to a family member, who was not involved in the investigation, according to the task force.

Kochera was in the Medina County Jail on $50,000 bond Wednesday.

Also Tuesday, authorities executed a separate search warrant at a home in the 4200 block of Regal Avenue where suspected drug activity was reported.

Agents seized suspected cocaine, about 100 syringes, many of which were used, uncapped and contained suspected heroin or fentanyl, according to the task force.

Jaimie Rericha, 23, was arrested on a fifth-degree felony charge of possession of cocaine, according to the news release.

Rericha is free on a personal recognizance bond, according to Medina Municipal Court records.

“As displayed in these two investigations, the willingness of neighbors to get involved and contact law enforcement when they suspect criminal activity is significant,” task force Director Gary Hubbard said in a statement.

“Residents are encouraged to contact their local police whenever they suspect any type of suspicious activity. These arrests may not have been possible without community input and involvement.”

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