2 narcotics officers arrested in Ohio, accused of drug distribution


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Authorities arrested two Columbus police officers Tuesday on allegations that they distributed several kilograms of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, according to the Department of Justice.

The officers, who are members of the Columbus Division of Police’s drug cartel unit, were identified Wednesday as Marco Merino, 44, of Columbus, and John Kotchkoski, 33, of Marengo. Authorities allege that in June and August, Merino distributed about seven and a half kilograms of fentanyl which he got from Kotchkoski.