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Canton man arrested on 12 drug-related charges

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A Canton man could spend some serious time in prison after he was arrested by the Belmont County Major Crime Unit.

29-year-old Lawrence Collins Junior is facing 12 charges: nine counts of drug trafficking and another three counts, possession of drugs.

Collins was indicted as a major drug offender -- a category which carries a mandatory 11-year prison sentence upon conviction.

The Drug Task Force carried out a search warrant on North 9th Street in Martins Ferry last December.

The bust followed a series of controlled buys by police.

Collins was arrested, and will appear in court for an arraignment on the charges next Thursday.

He remains in the Belmont County Jail.

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