Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard called Wednesday's operation, "Crystal Clear," a huge success.
Deputies, along with a number of other law-enforcement officials, combed three counties looking to arrest 18 individuals on secret indictments. Assisting agencies included deputies from Richland, Sandusky and Erie counties, along with the Bellevue, Clyde, Fremont, Monroeville, New London, Plymouth and Willard police departments.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: To see pictures of suspects being arrested, click HERE.)
"I'm very pleased by the success of this operation," Howard said.
"Having the help of all the different agencies makes all the difference in the world. I think the drug problem is far worse than the average citizen realizes. I'm very proud of the effort today."
When the dust settled, 15 people were taken into custody -- all on some form of drug-related charges related to the seven-month investigation.
The operation was called "Crystal Clear" because law enforcement wanted to send a clear message that the battle to stamp out the drug problem locally will continue.
"Today, was great to see everyone working together," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said. "We will continue to step up the efforts in drug enforcement in this county."
The following people were arrested. (NOTE: Pictures of most of these suspects accompanied the story published in Thursday's Norwalk Reflector.)
n Roberta Bisel, 36, of 25 1/2 Woodlawn Ave., on three counts of trafficking in alprazolam.
n John Cory, 45, of 39 W. Seminary St., Apt. B, on one count of trafficking in oxycodone.
n Shauna Greaves, 32, of Old State Road, on one count of possession of heroin.
n Lavanna Harmon, 46, of 12613 Berlin Road, Berlin Heights, on two counts of trafficking in alprazolam and one count of trafficking in buprenophine.
n Dustin Howell, 27, of 3764 U.S. 224, Lot 11, Greenwich, on illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility.
n James E. Kirk, 32, of 557 W. Pearl St., Willard, on one count of trafficking in heroin.
n Danny Klein Jr., 29, of 171 N. Buckeye St., Bellevue, on one count of trafficking in cocaine and three counts of trafficking in oxycodone.
n Roger James, 24, of 52 S. Old State Road, on two counts of trafficking in heroin.
n Jake Marsillett, 64, of 975 Monroe St., Apt. 132, Bellevue, on three counts of trafficking in hydrocodone. Other drugs were seized at Marsillett's residence along with $340 in cash and a loaded firearm.
n Justin Palumbo, 19, of 233 Hartland Drive, Bellevue, on three counts of trafficking prescription pills.
n Andrea Panfalone, 26, of 10906 Potter Road, Bellevue, on one count each of trafficking in oxycodone and trafficking in buprenophine.
n Tara Rhodes, 39, of 1115 County Road 260, Clyde, on two counts of trafficking in oxycodone.
n Troy Snezek, 26, of 975 Monroe St., Apt. 123, Bellevue, on one count of trafficking in oxycodone.
n Susan Sokolowski, 28, of 3764 U.S. 224, Lot 76, Greenwich, on two counts of trafficking in heroin.
n Russell Willard, 27, of 25 1/2 Woodlawn Ave., on one count each of trafficking amphetamines and trafficking diazepam.
The investigation, which was conducted by Querin, covered about seven months. He and Chief Deputy Ted Patrick organized Wednesday's operation.
Howard praised Querin's work.
"Josh Querin deserves a lot of credit on this operation," he said. "He is dedicated to his profession and the public. He is top-shelf."
Patrick also said Wednesday went well.
"If you find half the people you are looking for, you're doing well," he said. "We've exceeded that."