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Elderly man arrested for trying to bring drugs into jail

Richard Heritz (Source: Warren County Jail) Richard Heritz (Source: Warren County Jail)
Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - An 85-year-old man is behind bars after police say he tried to sneak drugs into his grandson, an inmate at the Warren Correctional Institution.

Richard J. Heritz, of West Chester, is charged with attempting to convey drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility and possessing criminal tools.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and Department of Rehabilitation and Correction investigators obtained information that Heritz would be attempting to convey drugs to his grandson during a scheduled visit.

When Heritz arrived for his visit, troopers confronted him and he voluntarily surrendered one large package containing approximately 22 grams of suspected marijuana. It's estimated the pot is worth, on average, $23 per gram in Ohio's correctional institution.

Heritz is being held in the Warren County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 find.

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