Marijuana plant, butter, cash seized with warrant

Cary Ashby • Mar 25, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Police seized an actively growing marijuana plant, suspected "marijuana butter," more than $1,000 in cash and several weapons when officers made two drug-related arrests Friday in Norwalk.

Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said two different tipsters provided information about "a lot of people going in and out of the house" at 282 E. Main St. and suspected it was related to drug trafficking. The tips started coming in at the beginning of this month.

"We started seeing a lot of activity at the house. Then we secured a search warrant," Querin said.

Chadwick C. Smith, 19, and Malayna J. Coiffard, 18, both of 282 E. Main St., were arrested without incident Friday, charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and transported to the Huron County Jail. Smith also was charged with possession of marijuana.

At 11:04 a.m., Querin, deputies and officers from the Norwalk, Monroeville, Wakeman and Willard police departments used the search warrant.

"It's a good example of the agencies working together to execute the search warrant," Querin said.

Willard Police Detective Jeremy Draper left the home about 11:40 a.m. His police cruiser had been parked in front of the home with the lights flashing. Draper directed media inquires to Querin.

"He was part of the entry team," Querin said.

Police said officers seized the following evidence: An 18-inch tall marijuana plant, a grow light, "numerous pieces of marijuana smoking equipment," more than $1,000 in cash and several firearms.

"There also was more marijuana found in the house," said Querin, referring to less than 100 grams of the drug. "There was more than $1,000 (in) cash at the residence."

The detective said one of the weapons was loaded.

"We don't suspect they're stolen, but we haven't run the serial numbers," Querin added.

One of the more unusual items seized at the scene was suspected "marijuana butter."

"He (Smith) admitted he uses that to put on his toast. We've heard about it, but I haven't seen it in person (until now)," Querin said.

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