Stop nets 300 pounds of dope

Huron County Chief Deputy Bob Sutherland grunted as he used a crow bar to open one of the wooden crates. Sutherland and Deputy Randy Chase were opening four crates, about 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide, in the sheriff's office garage just hours after a U.S. 250 traffic stop Thursday afternoon north of Milan. In the reinforced crates were eight large packages of marijuana, wrapped in several layers of plastic.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

 

Huron County Chief Deputy Bob Sutherland grunted as he used a crow bar to open one of the wooden crates.

Sutherland and Deputy Randy Chase were opening four crates, about 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide, in the sheriff's office garage just hours after a U.S. 250 traffic stop Thursday afternoon north of Milan. In the reinforced crates were eight large packages of marijuana, wrapped in several layers of plastic.

"There have been two (bundles) in each of them," Chase said while unloading.

"Here's a big turkey here," Sutherland said, pulling one package out of a crate.

Authorities estimated the dope itself weighs between 250 and 300 pounds. Officers also seized five cell phones and about $300 in cash during the traffic stop.

Capt. Bob McLaughlin said the drugs were sent from Phoenix.

"We received a search warrant from (Norwalk Municipal Court) Judge John Ridge based on the indication from a canine there was a controlled substance in there, also based on ... information from Toledo," he explained.

Three Toledo men were arrested as a result of the drug bust: Marcos Jacos Jr., 34; Carlos C. Torres, 30; and John E. Nunley Jr., 35. Each were charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony, punishable by six months to one year in prison.

The following agencies were involved in the arrests: the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation (BCI&I), and Immigration Custom Enforcement. Also participating were the Huron County Sheriff's Office, Norwalk Police Department and the drug units from the Sandusky Police Department and Ottawa County.

About 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Phoenix Police Department called Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton, saying they had "run a dog around the crate ... and hit on it." Fulton said the officers then gave him the shipping information.

"They (the suspects) left there Monday night ... from Arizona," he said.

"Jim referred the Phoenix officers to me because it was in the county," McLaughlin said.

Prior to the traffic stop, McLaughlin and Fulton rode in McLaughlin's undercover vehicle while following a tan Dodge Durango with temporary license plates heading north on U.S. 250. McLaughlin said the Durango driver was following a black Chevrolet pickup truck with Lucas County plates, driven by Nunley's brother, who was not charged Thursday.

DEA and BCI&I agents stopped the pickup truck, which had the wooden crates in the bed.

"Because we were in Erie County, we contacted the Erie County Sheriff's Office and they provided a place to conduct an interview," McLaughlin said, referring to the Milan Township fire station.

Deputies later brought both vehicles back to Huron County, where they began the unloading and inventorying process. All three suspects were taken to the Huron County Jail to await bond hearings.

McLaughlin expects the investigation to net additional arrests.

Comments

what's a little...

Now lets get some of the heroin and crack off the streets!!

Just think (Ano...

A DUI gets the same punishment as 250-300 pounds of weed. 6 mth to a year. plus no insurance rate increases

AnEmployee (Ano...

Now this is funny...Chief Bob in the photo taking credit for the bust....the man puts in a max of 4-6 hours a week on Wednesday's only....absolutely a no-show the rest of the week...the general public has no idea how their Sheriff's office is being run....come election time for new blood!

what's a little...

the laws are pretty amazing aren't they?? Go figure??

what's a little...

There's a chief Bob at the sheriff's dept. in Huron County??? Who would have known??

Amazed (Anonymous)

It is crazy that you can be put in jail for 6 months for all that dope and someone I know gets 9 years for complicity to sell it. They didn't even have any dope. I guess I rather get busted with that much pot than a DUI. I actually don't do any of it but how fair is the law.

Thankful (Anonymous)

Come on now! What is with these comments against Deputy Bob Sutherland?? He and Sheriff Dick Sutherland as well as the many other law enforcement officers of Huron County have worked hard together over the years to make Huron County one of the best in the state of Ohio! Anyways, there is nothing that says or suggests that Deputy Sutherland was taking credit for the bust, nothing in the story or comment below the picture even suggested that. Sounds like there are people who just have to have a grudge for no reason at all agianst the Sutherland's.

swiss family......

thank you "thankful " well said !!!!!

Only In Norwalk...

Are you people serious? Having any kind of an illegal drug is wrong. Do you think its okay just because half of the town is smoking it? Maybe that's why your abilities to think clearly might be a little "foggy". Put the pipes down.

Just being BLUN...

To 'Only in Norwalk'...perhaps it is you who can't see clearly through the 'fog' as you put it. I really don't believe "1/2 the town" is under the influence of marajuana. Heroin is the problem. Pot isn't killing kids, making people steal and rob...the heroin and the crack is. You know why some kids get all tatooed up? To hide their track marks. (by the way, I had to ask a kid I work with what a 'blunt' was...not too hip on the slang anymore! lol)

Re: Just being ...

Thanks for the 411. How stupid of me to think that pot was the only problem in Norwalk, it is clear that there are bigger fish to catch and fry called heroin and crack. Go figure.

Parris Island (...

Yea grunt Bob, ANY law officer should be in physical shape for law enforcement. Hell talk to Mr T. Corbin, a few skilled criminals in good shape could steamroll over these fat pigs in this area. I'm sure anyone that knows a combat veteran knows this. Our area needs higher standards!

Seriously (Anon...

If you think Heroin and crack is a problem in Norwalk you need to quit watching so much tv.

Hey Seriously.....

maybe if more people stayed home and watched tv they wouldn't be out on the streets stealing for thier next buzz!

Seriously (Anon...

Norwalk is not Las Vegas, Miami, or New York... If you think people are out there stealing to fund their next fix you're an idiot. They are kids stealing crap because their parents are trash and the apple don't fall far from the tree. period. To assume people are stealing to fund a drug habit is ridiculous unless I'm missing the gigantic organized crime ring that runs through Norwalk funneling stolen goods and laundering dirty money back into the economy... For god's sake,m there's not even a pawn shop in a 10 mile radius. Stop regurgitating the same crap you've heard from a friend of a friend and the other dimwitted people you surround yourself with, Pull your head out your arse, and take a good look at reality without the tainted cloud of bs you grew up with. Just because 20 uninformed people fabricated the idea that Norwalk has a heroin problem and beat it into your impressionable head, doesn't make it fact. As cool as you think it sounds, and as smart as you may think it makes you sound.... it is not true.

what's a little...

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Just Because (A...

your family is full of drug addicts does not make it a city wide epidemic.

what's a little...

you'll be taking those words back and soon. Wait and see!! And you don't upset by your nasty remark either. I probally b*tch more than all of you put together about the heroin addicts..........can't chose your family.

what's a little...

and with that said, I'm done commenting until the the "tar" hits the fan. I'll be back to say I told you so.

For Real... (An...

Seriously, it is YOU that has your head up your 'arse'. And I would never tell you on here how "I know" that heroin is a prevelent problem in this town, but I do know this for a fact. Yes a FACT. Did you see the drug study results in yesterdays paper? It seems OBVIOUS that you did not even look at it. Read it and weep, arsehole.

Once Again (Ano...

Just because it is prevalent in your circle does not make it a city wide epidemic. I'll watch for Norwalk's Heroin problem to be on a Dateline in a few months.... I have a feeling I'll be waiting a while. This may be hard for you to believe but there are other people in the world, and strange as it sounds they lead different lives from you. Count the number of people you know for sure using Heroin...5..10, heck I'll give you 20. multiply that by the other person on here who is surrounded by addicts and you have 40.... in a city of 10-15K? Doesn't sound like a huge problem to me... maybe it is to you, but to the other 14,960 of us, notsomuch. But go ahead and hit the panic button again. And complain about the cops on the local newspaper forum, because as we all know, that is going to really solve everything eventually.... Screw all that other worthless crap like voting, its much more useful to sit here and complain about it

Marine Mom (Ano...

To Parris Island> I agree with you there sure needs to be some shape up in this county I don't see how these officers are passing their physicals that should disqualify them for duty I really don't see how they can actually run down any criminals with the extra weight they are carrying around. I agree, Maybe Todd Corbin, should take over the physical training of our department and not only get the officers back in shape but the department too. Come on Todd want to be the next Sheriff You have my vote. THINK ABOUT IT.

sally boniva (A...

when and where are they going to burn this , to get rid of it ? like i said at the emmy's . if stoned women ruled the world.......

To Once Again (...

You are ignorant and uninformed.

swiss boniva (A...

shut up already.

Pain in the Gas...

Swiss-Sally, you are a dope.

Once Again Seem...

More informed than a "You are ignorant" comment

TO THE REFLECTO...

I doubt very much my comment was removed for profanity, right? I can not send a comment, it makes me go back and change it. So, whats the real reason why you removed my comment. Maybe the police dept insisted because of the person who was drug behind a church and beat and kicked and had a loaded pistol stuck in his mouth because he was accused of being a narc? Who has now missed almost 3 weeks from his job and has had many trips to the hospital for what could have very well cost him his life, and has had many medical test done, not to mention the dental work he will need. I'm sure this comment will disappear also. I just hope the right person hears about or reads this because, yes your name was mentioned and we know very well you are the one who paid for the hit. KARMA, look it up as I'm sure your heroin fried brain doesn't know the meaning. Maybe you should have waited for your discovery before you paid your 3 hitmen. Bam says hey.

Re: TO THE REFL...

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Reflector Staff...

Re: TO THE REFLECTOR: from whats a little pot. Your comment was indeed removed for profanity. There are ways, as you discovered apparently unintentionally, to get around the filter. When that happens, we manually remove a comment, and we state the reason. We have not been pressured by the police department, but it sounds like you are aware of a very serious situation. We encourage you to call the newsroom at (419) 668-3771 so we can see what we can do about it.

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