Fryman Makes Court Appearance on Synthetic Marijuana Charges

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A man who owns two party centers in Belmont County is now facing a whole new set of charges. 

Fred Fryman, who is facing six felony drug counts, was arraigned in court Tuesday. He was indicted by the grand jury on June 3, 2015.

The indictment stems from controlled buys made by The Belmont County Drug Task Force for synthetic marijuana from the Bridgeport Party Center, the Martins Ferry Party Center and Fryman’s residence in 2013.

A large amount of cash, several thousand packets of suspected synthetic marijuana, drug paraphernalia and other documents and items were seized from all three locations. 

Civil action was also taken by the State of Ohio Attorney General’s Office citing that the stores were deemed a nuisance and shut down for a year.

He was arrested Friday by the Martins Ferry Police Department. If found guilty, Fryman faces a possible 28 years in prison. He is expected to be back in court on July 6 for a pre-trial hearing.

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