Norwalk house raided

Cary Ashby • Sep 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Members of the Huron County Drug Task Force seized multiple items of suspected drug paraphernalia as evidence when using a search warrant Wednesday morning at 11 Ford Ave.

(NOTE: To see pictures of the raid, click HERE.)

Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said one of the arrested suspects admitted there had been prior heroin usage at the house, but blamed a person who already is in custody.

"We received several complaints from citizens and residents about suspected drug activity (at 11 Ford Ave.). They were not sure what type of narcotics was being abused," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said.

Querin and Detective Josh Kaufman started their investigation Sunday and obtained a warrant Monday. Special Deputy Troy Kimball, who is a full-time officer with the Monroeville Police Department, assisted with the probe.

Howard said most drug investigations take much longer than this one did, but said Querin and Kaufman worked quickly to resolve the situation.

Three suspects were arrested Wednesday.

Seth T. Wells, 19, of 12903 Collins Road, Collins, was charged with possession of criminal tools. Querin said the felony is in connection with the suspect having digital scales used to weigh drugs.

Wells was transported to the Huron County Jail, where he later posted bond.

Renee Boyce, 23, of 4779 N. Old State Road, was arrested on a probation violation warrant through Norwalk Municipal Court and booked into the jail.

"She had not been keeping up with her payments," Querin said.

Officers contacted intensive probation officer Abby Keefer, whom Querin said authorized them to arrest Boyce.

Scott Alexander, 20, most recently of 11 Ford Ave., was arrested on an undisclosed Erie County warrant and released to the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

In addition to the drug task force, Huron County Dog Warden Gary Ousley also responded to the Ford Avenue residence after authorities received a tip about large dogs being on the property.

"Gary was able to secure one of (the dogs) as we entered the residence. We instructed the owner to secure the other ones. They have since been released to their owners," Querin said.

Howard added that one of the dogs approached officers upon their arrival, but they quickly determined the dog "ended up being rather docile."

Investigators expect to make more arrests once the seized items are tested.

Police officers from Monroeville, New London, Plymouth and Willard who are members of the drug task force were involved in Wednesday's raid.

"We continually encourage anybody who suspects there is a drug activity to call the sheriff's office. You can remain anonymous," Querin said.

Tipsters are encouraged to call the Huron County Sheriff's Office at (419) 663-2828.

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