WAKEMAN Investigators found suspected Oxycontin on a male suspect while using a search warrant Thursday in the 5800 block of Ohio 303. The man is not being named because he hasn't been charged or arrested.
Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said officers found 39 pills in a prescription bottle with its label partially ripped when police were patting down the man. Howard said all charges are pending until the drugs are tested at a Mansfield police lab.
"We should have results in a few days," he added.
The suspect was one of three occupants in the home when deputies assisted the Norwalk Police Department with the warrant. Two officers each from the Elyria Police Department and Medina County Sheriff's Office also were involved.
Authorities seized two large bolt cutters, a hatchet and a white 1983 Chevrolet pickup truck.
Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple said the warrant was part of an ongoing investigation involving the theft of copper wiring that started last month. The Huron County Sheriff's Office is conducting a similar investigation about the theft of telecommunication wire. (See story page A-??).
"I believe it's probably related," Temple said.
Though there are numerous suspects, the detective said no arrests have been made.
"I expect arrests eventually," he added.
"The dog warden's office was brought in because we were told there was an aggressive dog," Howard said.
Huron County Deputy Dog Warden Gary Ousley secured the dog in question while officers performed their search and then released it back to the occupant, the detective said. A man was issued a related summons, but no further information was available.