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Man arrested with large amount of powdered cocaine

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Mar 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

The METRICH Enforcement Unit and Willard Police Department initiated a drug trafficking case in early January against several people who were accused of selling powdered cocaine.

During the investigation, a large amount of cocaine was seized from Lorenzo Nunez Jr., 35, who was living at 4 Front St., Willard, police said.

Nunez, in 2007, was arrested on a charge of trafficking in cocaine.

On Tuesday, Willard officers, federal investigators from the U.S. Border Patrol and a canine officer from the state Highway Patrol conducted a search warrant at the Front Street residence. The search warrant had been signed by Norwalk Municipal Court Judge John Ridge.

During the search, the officers seized more than $1,300 in U.S. currency as well as suspected heroin and heroin paraphernalia. There were three adults and one juvenile in the apartment at the time of the search. The juvenile was removed by Huron County Children Services.

The suspect, Nunez, was arrested and charged with trafficking in powdered cocaine. Due to the amount of drugs involved and that a juvenile was present, the offense is a first-degree felony. After his arrest, Nunez was transported to the Willard police station.

Nunez must post a $50,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

The METRICH office in Mansfield supplied the funds used in the case as well as other technical assistance. The U.S. Border Patrol investigators assisted in interpreting during the questioning of several suspects. METRICH is a 10-county drug task force.

The evidence was taken to the Mansfield police lab for analysis and the reports were sent to the Willard Law Director's Office for the consideration of charges. The drug trafficking case is still being investigated.

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