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Pair busted at Norwalk grocery store on heroin charges

Scott Seitz2 • Aug 14, 2013 at 12:42 AM

A quick-acting Huron County sheriff's deputy took down a pair of drug dealers at a Milan Avenue grocery store on Sunday evening.

"Deputy Josh Kaufman, who is a K-9 handler, has been getting involved more and more in drug investigations," Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

"At 8:35 p.m. Sunday, Deputy Kaufman received a tip about a heroin transaction that was about to take place inside the city limits of Norwalk inside a grocery store," Patrick said.

"The store owner was gracious enough to allow Deputy Kaufman to set up surveillance inside the store," Patrick added. "He observed one of the drug dealers and knew there were two warrants for her and immediately took her into custody."

The woman arrested was Holly Daniel, 22, of 2165 Dogtown Road, Monroeville.

"Heroin was found on her and also one syringe," Patrick said. "She was charged with trafficking in heroin."

Patrick said a second individual was arrested in the "getaway car" in the parking lot.

"Steve A. Patrick, 31, of Sandusky, was outside waiting in the parking lot," Ted Patrick said.

"He was approached by Corporal Jeff Kerber and arrested after he was found with 2 grams of heroin and also $4,180 in currency in his pocket," Ted Patrick said. "He was charged with possession of heroin."

Daniel and Steve Patrick were cooperative during the arrests, deputies said.

"The vehicle was towed to the sheriff's office and efforts will be taken to confiscate it," the chief deputy said.

"Four green pills and one white pill were also seized and they will be tested," Ted Patrick said. "Deputy Kaufman did a fine job with this investigation."

Daniel was already on probation through common pleas court for drug-related offenses, according to court records.

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