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Woman busted for heroin after alleged drug run

Scott Seitz2 • Jun 26, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Local law-enforcement officers handled a pair of separate incidents Tuesday in the Wakeman area.

"We had a traffic stop this morning at the BP in Wakeman," Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said.

"We had received intelligence that Elizabeth Lee, 26, of 5810 U.S. 20, Lot 151, may be going to the Lorain area to purchase heroin," Querin added.

"She was stopped on her way back into Wakeman by Detective Eric Bardar, myself, Detective (Kayla) Zander, (Wakeman) Chief Tim Hunker and Officer Nick Zingale," Querin said.

The traffic stop took place at 10:29 a.m.

"Lee was found to be in possession of heroin in the powder form," Querin said, adding the substance will be sent to the crime lab for testing.

"She admitted she went to Lorain to purchase heroin," he added.

Querin said Lee permitted a search of the residence on U.S. 20.

"Inside the residence, we found a number of drug-related items such as marijuana-smoking devices, marijuana and a suspected meth-smoking device with residue," he said. "There were also prescription pills.

"Lee's 7-year-old daughter was with her in the vehicle," Querin said, adding Huron County Children's Services assisted at the scene.

"Lee has been charged with possession of heroin and other charges are likely," Querin said. "She was pretty cooperative.

"I'd really like to credit Detective Bardar for his work on the investigation," he added.

"I'd like to thank Wakeman police for their assistance in the investigation," Sheriff Dane Howard added. "We will continue to step up our efforts to stop those abusing and selling narcotics in Huron County."

But the heroin traffic stop was only part of the story Tuesday in the Wakeman area.

At 6:31 a.m., Deputy Ted Evans was called to a Hanford Road residence due to the report of a burglary.

"The homeowner indicated a four-wheeler had been stolen out of the garage," Querin said.

Four hours later, when officers were processing the scene at Lee's residence, Hunker located the four-wheeler in a wooded area near 5810 U.S. 20.

"There are still loose ends to this burglary investigation, but there is a suspect," Querin said.

"Chief Hunker did a nice job locating the four-wheeler in the wooded area," Querin added.

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