BELLEVUE —The Huron County Sheriff’s Office made one of the largest heroin busts in county history, taking a significant amount of heroin off the streets - some of which was headed for Bellevue.
At approximately 2 p.m., Thursday afternoon, deputies arranged to make a heroin buy out in the county using a confidential informant, Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said.
“With the drug dealer bringing in a significant amount of heroin, he decided to change locations at the last minute to Dave’s Food Mart in Norwalk,” Querin said.
There, 20-year Lewis Turner, of Lorain, allegedly sold 17.5 grams of heroin — the equivalent of 500 doses — and was arrested and taken into custody.
On scene for the bust was Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard, Chief Deputy Ted Patrick, several members of the detective bureau and the road patrol division of the department, Querin said.
“It was a pretty big operation and big seizure,” Querin said. “It’s tough to get a large seizure like this. A lot of times, they use it and sell it so fast and immediately go and re-up in a bigger city, they don’t have this amount on them.”
The bust was the result of a short-term investigation the department conducted, he said.
“This is part of Sheriff Howard’s continued effort in arresting drug traffickers and abusers in this county,” Querin said. “And we will continue to go after people to take drugs off the streets.”
In addition to the drugs, the bust netted a stolen vehicle and a significant amount of cash.
“The vehicle he delivered the heroin in was stolen out of Lorain, and more than $7,000 in cash was found,” Querin said.
Turner was charged with a second degree felony count of trafficking, due to the amount of drugs he allegedly sold and because the sale of the drugs took place within 1,000 feet of a juvenile, Querin said.
Turner was also on probation for felony possession of cocaine and heroin and had recently been released from a Community Based Correction Facility.
“He completed that, which is usually a four to six month commitment, but he told us he was using within 48 hours of being released,” Querin said.
Huron County will be in contact with Lorain County to see which of the two will file the stolen vehicle charges on Turner, Querin said.
“This is one of the largest busts for quite some time in Huron County,” he said. “We do know that some of the heroin was destined for Bellevue.”
Christine Steele can be reached at 419-483-4190 ext. 213. Follow us on Twitter @BellevueGazette.