Local prosecutors have filed felony drug charges against three suspects, one of whom is pregnant.
The Huron County Sheriff's Office investigated the two separate incidents that reportedly took place Tuesday.
Phillip J. Faulkner, 22, of 144 S. Ohio 99, Willard, and his girlfriend, Jamie L. Brady, 21, of 4150 River Road, each were charged with possession of heroin.
Detective Sgt. Josh Querin arrested the couple after a traffic stop at the U.S. 250 bypass at 12:31 p.m. Tuesday. He said deputies seized "a significant amount of heroin paraphernalia," including spoons and syringes with suspected heroin residue, after his police dog indicated on the truck during a sweep around the vehicle.
"Jamie made admissions she last used heroin Saturday and Phillip used (some) that morning," said Querin, who noted Brady is about seven weeks pregnant. "This was (said) during an interview with Detective (Bill) Duncan."
Before the arrests, Querin and Detective John Harris were patrolling the Snyder Road area near Monroeville when they saw a vehicle registered to Brady. Querin said there had been a break-in in the area Monday.
The detectives saw a female subject, later identified as Brady, driving the truck.
Querin said he saw the male passenger, Faulkner, who is on parole through Richland County, "hunched over" in the vehicle in the front seat.
"We were told he's been carrying a firearm with him recently," Querin said.
The detectives followed the truck, but they weren't able to get behind it until Ridge Road due to traffic.
"They were stopped for a marked lanes violation," Querin said.
In a separate case, Sarah E. Morrow, 21, of 3433 Liles Road, Wakeman, was charged with abusing harmful intoxicants. She must post a $10,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.
"A tipster called and said Sarah may be abusing dust remover," Querin said.
Deputy Randy Chase and Lt. Chris Stanfield responded to Morrow's home. Querin said the woman refused to open the door, but deputies got consent to enter from Morrow's mother, who was on her way home.
Morrow, who was found laying in bed under some blankets, reported she had been throwing up and used 1 1/2 cans of dust remover before deputies arrived, according to a report.
"I think they located four cans of dust remover in the room and seized (them) as evidence," Querin said.
If convicted of their fifth-degree felonies, each of the defendants faces six to 12 months behind bars.