A Lorain man was arrested Thursday in what local law enforcement officials are calling one of the largest heroin busts in Huron County history.
At about 2 p.m., deputies had set up a controlled purchase during which a confidential informant was expected to buy 17.5 grams of heroin, valued at $5,250.
"The purchase was supposed to take place in Norwalk Township, but at the last minute the suspect changed the location," Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said.
The location was switched to a Benedict Avenue business and the purchase was conducted.
"This is a common practice," Querin added.
Authorities arrested Lewis A. Turner, 20, who was charged with trafficking in heroin, a second-degree felony.
"Mr. Turner was also in possession of more suspected heroin and $7,000 in cash which was seized," Querin said.
The vehicle Turner was driving was reported stolen from Lorain earlier Thursday.
"We don't prefer to do these types of transactions in a heavily-populated area due to concern for citizens' safety," Querin said.
"In this case, we had no choice," he added. "We conducted the investigation and were able to remove a significant player who was selling heroin to individuals in this area."
Sheriff Dane Howard, Chief Deputy Ted Patrick, Detectives Kayla Zander and Rich Larson, along with deputies Sgt. Tod Wagner, Mitch Cawrse, Joe Andrews and John Vogel all assisted at the scene.
Turner was found to be already on probation from Lorain County for possession of heroin and cocaine.
Querin said Turner had just been released 45 days ago from a Community Based Corrections Facility.
Querin said Turner admitted to using heroin two days after leaving the CBCF.
"We will continue the effort to enforce drug possession and trafficking laws in Huron County," Querin said.
Turner was transported to the county jail.