Huron County sheriff's deputies continue to sweep the southern portion of the county for drugs.
Two more individuals were recently arrested on drug-related charges during these increased patrols.
Sheriff Dane Howard, retired chief deputy Dave Battles, Detective Josh Kaufman and Detective Sgt. Josh Querin were on duty in New Haven on Nov. 7 when Kaufman and Querin stopped a vehicle on Ohio 61 near Plymouth when the driver failed to signal.
"We found the occupants of the vehicle in possession of numerous syringes and two digital scales," Querin said.
Arrested were Jonathon L. Stover, 29, of 2720 Prairie St., New Haven, and Zachary Puckett, 20, of 5905 Townline Road 12, Willard, on charges of possession of drug-abuse instruments and possession of criminal tools.
"About $375 was seized in the vehicle," Querin said. "Stover admitted they were headed to Mansfield to purchase heroin.
"Stover is well known to the detective bureau and we've received quite a few complaints regarding his involvement with abuse and trafficking heroin," he said.
Deputies weren't quite finished with Stover and headed to his New Haven home.
"We searched the residence at 2720 Prairie St. in New Haven and seized heroin, 40 more syringes and all kinds of drug paraphernalia," Querin said.
Stover faces an additional charge of possession of heroin after the search.
"Children's Services was also contacted and responded to the scene because there were four children at the residence, ranging in age from 4 to 14," Querin said.
The children's mother was also there, but was not arrested.
"The children were living in pretty undesirable conditions," Querin said.
Querin said Stover initially resisted arrest.
"He was taken to the ground by Sgt. Steve Shupp," he added. "He began to pull away from the officer and stated he wasn't going to jail."
A resisting arrest charge will be forwarded to the Norwalk law director for consideration.
"That was good police work that night," the sheriff added.
Howard said the extra patrols are made possible by a state High Visibility Grant.
"We're going to keep up the pressure," he added.
Howard said he gives deputies simple instructions.
"Find the bad guy and arrest him."