2 arrested, 11 guns taken after OD leads to drug bust

What started out as a response to save one person’s life led to a drug bust and two arrests.

Chad C. Holbrook, 45, and Blayre B. Menkhoff, 30, were arrested Monday in Norwalk Township after police realized a drug overdose call was more than it might have seemed. Authorities seized several types of drugs and nearly a dozen weapons during the bust, reports said.

On Monday, the Huron County Sheriff's Office, Norwalk Fire Department and North Central EMS responded to 867 Seminary Road for a reported overdose. The first responders provided care for the woman, who reportedly overdosed and was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

During the investigation, deputies observed evidence of drug crimes going on inside the home, the report said. Holbrook and Menkhoff were taken into custody while detectives got a search warrant for the property. Norwalk and Willard police departments then assisted the sheriff’s office in searching the residence.

Detective Sgt. Ted Evans said evidence of drug abuse, drug possession and drug trafficking were found during the search. The agencies seized methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription drugs, at least 11 firearms and drug paraphernalia.

Holbrook was charged with aggravated trafficking of drugs and possession of criminal tools, while Menkhoff was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Evans said that’s not the end of the investigation or the action law enforcement will take in this case.

“Additional charges and arrests will result from this investigation pending laboratory testing,” he said.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office and Norwalk and Willard Police Departments are part of the METRICH Enforcement Unit, a 10-county drug task force.

Originally published in the Norwalk Reflector on July 5, 2019.

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