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Three charged in drug-interdiction operation

Scott Seitz • Apr 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Huron County sheriff's deputies netted three drug-related arrests after conducting a drug-interdiction operation Tuesday afternoon.

Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said the deputies were targeting areas in or near Norwalk Township.

The first arrest took place at 3:25 p.m. on U.S. 250.

Wesley Mills, 30, of Roseville, was stopped for a license-plate violation.

"We noticed some nervous behavior from Mr. Mills," Querin said. "He gave us consent to search the vehicle and we located a number of syringes, a spoon and two suspected methamphetamine pipes."

Querin said Mills was already on probation from the Zanesville adult parole authority.

"He was booked for possession of drug-abuse instruments and we expect later charges to be filed on the methamphetamine pipes after lab analysis," he added.

Querin and Special Deputy Eric Bardar handled the Mills arrest.

Thirty-three minutes later, Matthew Alvarez, 23, most recently of Florida, was stopped on U.S. 20 near Monroeville.

Alvarez's vehicle was stopped by Detectives John Harris and Bill Duncan for an unspecified traffic offense.

The detectives requested Deputy Josh Kaufman assist with the K-9 unit and upon arrival, the dog indicated marijuana was inside the vehicle. The marijuana was later located and Alvarez was charged with possession of marijuana.

At 5:44 p.m., Scott Shuker, 26, of 16782 Township Road 186, Bellevue, was stopped for driving under suspension by Sheriff Dane Howard and Special Deputy Dave Battles.

Shuker, who was already on parole, was found to be in possession of lorazepam, which is a schedule 4 narcotic used to treat anxiety, Querin said.

Querin said Shuker did not have a prescription for the narcotic.

Shuker was also found to be in possession of a few other suspected drug-abuse instruments. Those will be sent to the lab for analysis.

Querin said Tuesday's drug-interdiction operation was a success.

"Shuker and Mills have significant criminal histories," he said.

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