A Greenwich man faces three felonies in connection with a "protective sweep" of a residence by a federal drug task force.
Scott R. Polachek, 33, of 1055 U.S. 224, is charged with one count each of possession of heroin, trafficking in heroin and possession of criminal tools.
He was arraigned Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court and entered "not guilty" pleas to each of the three felonies. If convicted of either of the second-degree heroin felonies, he faces two to eight years in prison. Possession of criminal tools is punishable by six to 12 months in prison.
Also arrested during the July 16 incident was his older brother, Gary A. Polachek Jr., 35. He is charged with having weapons under disability and possession of criminal tools.
"He (Scott Polachek) has a prior felony conviction that happened in Richland County," Mansfield defense attorney Terry Hitchman said Tuesday. "The prosecution was recommending community control in that case."
Polachek will be sentenced Dec. 23.
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the state believes Polachek is on probation for an unspecified misdemeanor conviction, but he may not need to report to his probation officer.
In July, the U.S. Marshal's Office notified Huron County sheriff's deputies they were looking for the Polachek brothers at a Greenwich residence on Richland County drug charges. Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin, Detective Eric Bardar and the Greenwich Police Department assisted federal agents.
When authorities arrived at the Greenwich home, they encountered Polachek's older brother at the front door, who is accused of lying about where Polachek was, Leffler said earlier. That led officers to doing a "protective sweep" of the home.
Leffler said authorities found 104 suspected heroin balloons in Polachek's pants pocket, some Zanax pills in his possession and "numerous weapons" elsewhere in the house. The prosecutor also has said officers suspect Polachek had been misusing the pills because he only had a handful of them "when he just got the prescription."
"There are only two of them living there," Leffler said about the brothers.
Officers also reportedly seized 20 suspected crack pipes, crack cocaine, six firearms, including a loaded AK-47, and numerous rounds of ammunition.
"This was potentially a dangerous situation with all the firearms inside, including the AK-47," Querin said shortly after the incident.
Polachek must post a $35,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. He is subject to random drug screens.
His trial is set for Jan. 2.