Seven arrested in Willard heroin bust

WILLARD - Authorities arrested seven people while using two search warrants on First and North Main streets Tuesday night. Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin said the warrants, signed by Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge, were for the purpose of seizing heroin and related items. The investigator said Bradley C. Jones, 34, of 101 First St., was charged with possession of heroin in connection with officers finding two grams of heroin, or 18 balloons, $1,276 in cash in a safe and "other heroin-related paraphernalia." Jones currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

 

WILLARD - Authorities arrested seven people while using two search warrants on First and North Main streets Tuesday night.

Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin said the warrants, signed by Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge, were for the purpose of seizing heroin and related items. The investigator said Bradley C. Jones, 34, of 101 First St., was charged with possession of heroin in connection with officers finding two grams of heroin, or 18 balloons, $1,276 in cash in a safe and "other heroin-related paraphernalia." Jones currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail.

Several other people at his residence were released after being questioned.

Amanda L. Moore and Jessica T. Risner, both 28, of 1 N. Main St., were arrested and charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin paraphernalia in connection with the North Main Street incident. They are being held at the jail on a $7,500 bond each.

McLaughlin said Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have Manuel L. Gaonoa, 26, Israel A. Mercedes, 22, and Eduardo L. Velasco, 31, in custody on "customs-related holders" because they were in "a drug house" during a trafficking investigation. All three suspects are expected to be deported and prosecuted by the Huron County prosecutor's office.

Authorities also charged a 17-year-old Willard boy with a drug offense. He was taken to the Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

McLaughlin said Ganoa and Moore are accused of going to Columbus on a daily basis to bring back heroin "for the users in Willard." Jones is accused of a similar allegation.

"They worked independently of each other. ... They have their own buyers," McLaughlin said. "They've been doing this since the last part of last year at least since when we knew about it."

Sgt. Greg Gadberry as well as police from Norwalk, Willard and Bob McDowell, Prosecutor Russell Leffler's investigator, were involved in the METRICH investigation/drug bust. METRICH is a 10-county drug task force based in Mansfield.

Comments

Chad Eitle (Ano...

It's about time. Kudos to METRICH, HCSO, and the WPD! Great job, now hang em by their ballz!

babyboomer

Thumbs up for a commendable job HCSO,WPD and Metrich! Put some spit and shine, and most of all pride back into the City of Willard. Leffler,do your duty,and no deals!

Somebody needs to let those illegal immigrants know that it is a privilege to come to this country. How dare they come here and poison our citizens with their drugs and dealing!

rusty

great job taking more of that poison off the street.maybe the columbus pd needs to work harder,it seems all the people busted here were getting it from columbus

BIGD

GOOD JOB WPD,HCSO,AND METRICH!!!!now if our courts will treat them as criminals as they do select individuals that have been through the system we will all be much happier. Throw the book at them instead of treating them as victims.We,the citizens, are the real victims of this poison,they have ruined our beautiful community!

avidreader

My stepson was involved in the same trips to Columbus prior to his OD. Now he cannot find Columbus. Don't blame the Hispanics in the area, it is coming from Columbus, being hauled up here by junkies every dayon I71. These poor kids have no idea what the drugs are being cut with and what they are putting in their bodies.

HBK

Good job Willard PD and HCSD, please this little bust is not even going to dent the heroin flow into Huron county. Until Mr. Sexton and Mr. McLaughlin address the real issues at hand and stop the supply. But in the mean time, pat yourself on the back Bob you really do make a difference. Instead of going after the main trafficing people in Columbus, we will just keep locking up the users that have an addiction problem. The county has to make money someway since there are hardly and jobs left in Willard, and there is only one temp service that hires for all major employment in the area. Sad people have to sell ballons of heroin as an income in Willard.

hopeafterall

good job to WPD HCSD!! its not just columbus this is a world wide problem it will take years for them to completely get rid of the heroin. these drugs are coming from all over the world. there is not enough man power to bring down the real dealers these 7 people were just middle men trying to be somebody. and all it will take them is to run there mouths about this person and that person and none of them will see the inside of a prison cell maybe some jail time or a slap on the hand as for brad all this is not new for him huron county already has him in there system