Suspected heroin buyer intercepted by deputies, arrested

Norwalk man has a "significant criminal history of numerous felony convictions," mostly involving larceny, deputy says.
Aaron Krause
Jul 19, 2014

A Norwalk man who allegedly bought a gram and a half of heroin in Sandusky was stopped Thursday by Huron County authorities on his way back and arrested.

Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said Terry L. Dotson, 46, of 796 U.S. 20, was charged with possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony. It carries a sentence of up to 12 months in jail.

Querin said deputies "received information" that a Norwalk resident would be traveling to Sandusky to purchase heroin. The investigator declined to be more specific about the tip, saying it's "close to the investigation," which is not finished.

Dotson was stopped on Whittlesey Road in Norwalk Township. In addition to the suspected heroin, authorities confiscated a syringe and a spoon with suspected heroin residue found inside the vehicle.

Querin said Dotson was cooperative and identified the material as heroin.

"He made admissions to everything," the investigator said.

Still, authorities will send the suspected heroin to a crime lab for a positive identification. It normally takes three to four weeks for the results to return, Querin said.

Querin said if a gram and a half of heroin were sold in individual doses, it would cost $300.

Querin credited Deputy Brad Polachek with conducting the investigation, which he recently initiated. Querin also said Sheriff Dane Howard was on the scene at the traffic stop.

"We believe that (Dotson's) been traveling and purchasing heroin in Sandusky for a period of time now," Querin said. "We continue to encourage individuals to contact the Huron County Sheriff's Office with drug intelligence and they can always remain anonymous."

Querin said Dotson has a "significant criminal history of numerous felony convictions" mostly involving larceny dating back to the late 1990s.

As of Friday afternoon, Dotson was in custody in the Huron County Jail awaiting a bond hearing. He was booked into the jail at 8:19 p.m. Thursday.