In what law-enforcement officers are calling one of the biggest drug busts in recent history, a pair of Greenwich men were arrested late Tuesday at their South Street residence in the village.
Scott R. Polachek, 33, and Gary A. Polachek Jr., 35, both of 12 South St., likely will be facing drug charges and possibly weapons charges after they were taken into custody by local officers and the U.S. Marshal's office drug task force.
The Polacheks are currently in custody at the Richland County Jail, as the original felony drug warrants were out of that county.
"The Polacheks, who are related, were found to be in possession of 125 balloons of heroin, numerous Xanax pills, hundreds of syringes, about 20 suspected crack pipes, suspected crack cocaine, six firearms, including a loaded AK-47 and numerous rounds of ammunition," Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said.
One of the firearms was found to be stolen from Dallas. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is investigating that portion of the case.
Querin, along with Detective Eric Bardar, the drug task force and Greenwich police officers assisted with the arrests.
"The heroin balloons might actually be doubles, meaning it would be more than 125 balloons," Querin said. "The street value is around $4,000."
Querin said $179 in cash was also seized.
The suspected crack cocaine will be sent to the crime lab for processing.
The arrests took place at 10:38 p.m.
Huron County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Cardwell signed the warrant about 9:45 p.m.
"We really appreciate Judge Cardwell coming in and signing the warrant," Querin said.
"This is one of the largest heroin busts in Huron County during this administration," he added. "This was potentially a dangerous situation with all the firearms inside, including the AK-47."
"We will continue to step up our efforts in drug enforcement," Sheriff Dane Howard added. "It's not going to be tolerated here and we will do everything we can to arrest people involved in this activity."