Deputies makes 3 drug arrests in same day

Cary Ashby • Jul 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM

The Huron County Sheriff's Office made three drug busts within several hours of each of other Monday.

"Last night was a very busy for the Huron County Sheriff's Office, resulting in three different drug busts by deputies," Sheriff Dane Howard said.

The first incident happened at 3:17 p.m. when Deputy John Vogel initiated a traffic stop in Ridgefield Township. The incident happened on U.S. 224 east of Paul Road. Howard said Vogel's police dog indicated there were drugs in the vehicle.

"The 11.5 pills of suspected oxycodone are being sent for lab testing," the sheriff added.

Joseph W. Cochran, 35, of Bloomville, was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

"A few hours later, Deputy Josh Kaufman cited Andrew S. Missler, 27, of Norwalk, for possession of a drug abuse instrument and driving under a suspended license while the deputy was on patrol in Greenwich," Howard said.

The third drug bust happened at 8:29 p.m. at the blue bridge on Lamereaux Road outside of Monroeville.

"We received information from the Monroeville Police Department about suspicious activity at that location. Later in the evening, Sgt. Tod Wagner and Deputy (Shannon) Lyons along with a Monroeville Police Department officer received information of a possible drug transaction (there)," Howard said.

Deputies found three people and seized 10 bindles of suspected heroin and drug abuse instruments upon arrival.

Dustin J. O'Donnell, 22, of 4813 Delamatre Road, Monroeville, was charged with possession of heroin.

Howard said the street value of heroin depends on its weight and while typical bindles are worth $30 to $40, these items seemed to have more heroin than most bindles.

"We'll let the lab results confirm that," the sheriff added.

Howard declined to say how any of the three suspects who were arrested Monday got their drugs.

"That's something we're not going to discuss publicly," he said.

Deputies seized each of the vehicles. Howard said his office plans to seek forfeiture.

"This was a very busy night for our office. We will continue to work at our goal and tactics to remove drugs from our county and stop the drug-related crimes from happening. This is just another example of great work by our deputies," Howard said.

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