The third drug bust in Bucyrus in a week took 159 foil balls of suspected heroin off the streets.

Bucyrus police, in conjunction with the METRICH Enforcement Unit, Galion police and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, raided a residence at 1125 E. Warren St. shortly before 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Bucyrus police Chief Dave Koepke said two people were arrested: Keisha Cole, 22, and Steven Marquis, 25, both of Bucyrus.

The pair were in Municipal Court on Friday; they face charges of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

Marquis is being held in the Crawford County Justice Center on a $500,000 bond. Cole’s bond was set at $150,000.

Both are scheduled for preliminary hearings in municipal court next Friday and their cases could go before the April session of the Crawford County grand jury.

On Tuesday, the same four law enforcement units raided a home at 119 Wiley St. On March 21, they raided 529 S. Walnut St.

Koepke said the busts were not related and attributes them to dumb luck and great tips from the public.

“For instance, the activity alone at the Wiley Street residence was enough to get our attention,” Koepke said.

Koepke said his department will continue to work with other agencies to take drugs off city streets.

“We do our best, but when it comes to opiates and heroin, sometimes our best isn’t good enough.

“But we keep on trying, as do the parents of people involved with heroin,” Koepke said.

Originally published in the Bucyrus Telegraph Forum on March 29, 2014.