Man charged in Toledo firefighters deaths arraigned on drug trafficking charges

      Abou-Arab remains a nearly $6 million bond

      The north Toledo property owner charged with setting a fire that killed two Toledo firefighters made two court appearances on unrelated charges Thursday morning.

      During the pre-trial hearing, lawyers for 61-year-old Ray Abou-Arab asked the judge for more time to review evidence in the case.

      Abou-Arab has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of murder and aggravated arson as well as tampering with evidence in the deaths of Pvts. James Dickman and Stephen Machcinski.

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      The judge ordered a pre-trial hearing for May 1. Abou-Arab remains in custody on a nearly $6 million bond.

      Shortly after his first court appearance Thursday morning, Abou-Arab was transferred to another Lucas County Commons Plea courtroom for unrelated drug trafficking charges.


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      An investigation into the sale of synthetic narcotics has been going on against Abou-Arab and his son. Authorities say the investigation began before the north Toledo apartment fire that killed Pvts. Machcinski and Dickman.

      Abou-Arab is due in court April 7. His son is seeking additional counsel at this time.