Law enforcement officials seized illegal drugs worth several hundred thousand dollars and arrested three people during a pair of raids late Monday in Bucyrus and Galion.
The busts, in terms of the property seized, represent the largest dent made in the Crawford County drug trade since at least the first half of last year.
At 4:26 p.m. Tuesday, detectives with the Bucyrus and Galion police departments, along with the Crawford County Special Response Team and the METRICH task force, executed a search warrant at 937 N. Sandusky Ave., Bucyrus, where they found a large amount of suspected crack cocaine and heroin, as well as more than $1,200 in cash and evidence of drug trafficking.
That bust then led authorities to 231 Walker St., Galion, which was searched at 7:01 p.m. Monday. There detectives found more than four kilos of suspected crack cocaine and about 800 grams of what is believed to be heroin.
"The investigation continues in pursuit of asset forfeiture of property, vehicles and proceeds of suspected drug activity," the Bucyrus and Galion police departments said in a news release.
Khabeer J. Brown, 38, of both the Bucyrus and Galion addresses, was arrested, and police said initial charges for possession of crack cocaine and heroin are pending. A man and woman from Bucyrus have also been taken into custody, and the Crawford County prosecutor's office along with METRICH are continuing to develop the case.
All told, the suspected heroin seized from the two residences weighs 820 grams and has a value of $16,000. The suspected crack cocaine, weighing in at more than five kilograms, has a street value of more than $350,000.
"Both the Bucyrus and Galion police departments are very pleased to report a significant amount of dangerous drugs diverted from our communities and Crawford County," they said.
Originally published in the Telegraph Forum on March 23, 2016.