Sheriff Jeffrey D. Paden said that on Tuesday afternoon June 20th shortly after 1:30 p.m., Deputies and Investigators from the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division and Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force, along with Officers from the Cambridge Police Department executed a narcotic related search warrant on a residence in the 1200 block of Beatty Avenue in Cambridge.
This search warrant is the culmination of fentanyl trafficking investigation on the residents of the property. During the warrant execution, a bulk quantity of fentanyl was seized from the residence.
As a result of the investigation John William Raptis, (Age 32), of Cambridge Ohio has been formally charged with Drug Trafficking of a Fentanyl Related Compound a felony of the second degree and Felony 3 level possession of a Fentanyl Related Compound.
Charges were elevated in this case due to the residence being located within 1000 feet of a rehabilitation facility and a Head Start facility for children.
Raptis is currently being held at the Guernsey County Jail pending an arraignment on his charges.
Additional charges are expected for other individuals involved in the activity at the residence in the near future.
According to information the CDC, (Center for Disease Control), Over 100,000 overdose deaths occurred in the U.S. in 2022. Fentanyl is a highly addictive, synthetic opioid which can be lethal to users.