CLARKSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Pot and pornography paraphernalia.
That’s what the Huron County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seized while using a search warrant Thursday morning in the 4400 block of Seminary Street. Major Greg Englund, two deputies and five FBI agents were involved in the bust.
“The purpose of the search was to locate and seize a computer that had been identified in a (FBI child) pornography investigation,” Englund wrote in his report.
Sandusky-area FBI agents requested local assistance Wednesday in gaining entry to the Clarksfield Township home and executing the warrant, Englund said. The U.S. District Court in Toledo issued the warrant that same day.
Englund said nobody was home when officers entered the rural Wakeman home between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Thursday and seized a computer, several CDs and computer paraphernalia. He explained those items will be sent to the Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) “to see what’s on the actual computer.”
While at the home, deputies discovered marijuana drying in the basement along with more “being used” and drug paraphernalia in a bedroom. The officers decided to also search for marijuana outside and found 18 plants growing in corn rows behind the home, Englund said.
“They were in plain sight,” he added.
While doing the warrant, a man pulled into the driveway, who is the boyfriend of a 17-year-old boy’s mother. The man and the boy’s mother told authorities the boy — considered the only suspect so far in the case — was in school, Englund explained.
Officers questioned the boy at the sheriff’s office about the child pornography investigation and released him to his mother. Englund said officers didn’t know if the case involved a juvenile or adult suspect before they used the search warrant.
The sheriff’s office, which assumed jurisdiction in the case, sent the marijuana plants to BCI&I to be tested and weighed. Deputies also forwarded a report to the Norwalk Law Director’s office for the consideration of charges. They also sent a report to the Huron County Prosecutor’s office to consider charges involving the boy.