A pair of rural Wakeman residents pleaded innocent to heroin-related charges Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
Rick J. Yoder, 41, of 4475 Seminary St., Wakeman, has a March 13 trial date on possession of heroin. His live-in girlfriend, Marjorie L. Carroll, 34, has a March 27 trial date for the same charge.
Both defendant are subject to random drug screens while their court cases are pending.
Deputies from the Huron County Sheriff's Office, along with officers from the Monroeville and New London police departments executed a nighttime search warrant at the couple's residence on Sept. 16.
Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said concerned citizens had informed police that a pair of Seminary Street residents had traveled to Cleveland that day to purchase heroin.
"When we executed the search warrant, two individuals were located at the residence," Querin said, adding Seminary Street is located off Fitchville-River Road. Yoder and Carroll were arrested.
Seized from the residence were several balloons of heroin, syringes and spoons with suspected drug residue.
Querin said deputies along with members of Huron County Children's Services were at the home the previous evening.
"On (Sept. 15), an 11-year-old boy was placed in the care of a family member due to heroin abuse at the residence," Querin said, adding the parents of the boy, Yoder and Carroll, agreed to placing their son with a family member for his safety.
"Both Marjorie and Rick were due in court (Sept. 18) for a custody hearing involving their son," Querin said. "Both admitted to saving up their supply of heroin so they could take it before the custody hearing so they would not show withdrawal symptoms in front of the judge."
Querin said Sheriff Dane Howard reported Carroll made admissions to destroying evidence before the search warrant was executed.
Deputies seized a 2000 GMC Yukon from the residence, which was used for the pickup of the heroin.
"We will file for forfeiture of the vehicle through the court," Querin said.