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Two men nabbed during drug bust

Cary Ashby • Updated Sep 23, 2016 at 6:54 PM

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office found suspected heroin hidden in the fuse box of a vehicle when deputies arrested two Norwalk men Wednesday afternoon. 

Carl J. Bostic, 49, of 5224 Fox Glove Drive, was charged with possession of heroin. He was arrested at his home.

Also arrested at the scene was James E. Miller, 49, of 4303 Ohio 601. He was charged with complicity to possession of heroin. 

“The individuals detained confessed to their crimes,” Sheriff Dane Howard said at the scene. “They have been very cooperative and created no problems in the arrest process.”

Bostic also was arrested on an Erie County probation violation warrant. His underlying conviction was possession of heroin.

“The warrant was nationwide. They would pick him up anywhere in the United States,” Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said. 

“It’s my understanding he was in possession of a significant amount of heroin when he was picked up,” Querin added, referring Bostic’s original arrest.

Howard, Querin, Detective Ted Evans, Deputy Rich Larson and special Deputy Dave Battles converged on Bostic’s home at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday. Howard said detectives had received a tip that Bostic and Miller were traveling with heroin “from out of the area” and would be returning to Bostic’s Norwalk Township home, which is near the Erie County line off U.S. 250.

Querin elaborated in a separate interview at the scene.

“We think they’ve been going to Lorain County to purchase heroin. That’s where they both admitted they were coming from (Wednesday),” the detective said.

Upon arrival, deputies quickly detained Miller. Querin said Bostic was seen running into the residence and then reportedly refused to comply with deputies’ orders to exit the home.

“He was found hiding in a bathroom,” he added.

The Reflector saw Bostic calmly speaking to Querin and the sheriff outside his house before eventually being placed into a sheriff’s vehicle. Bostic and Miller then were transported to the Huron County Jail.

“They both have been arrested for heroin cases before,” said Querin, who was unaware of any related convictions. 

During his investigation with Evans, Querin said “we received information they were still involved in abusing heroin.”

Shortly after Miller was detained, deputies said that led to a search of a vehicle where they found suspected heroin hidden inside the fuse box of a vehicle as well as some possible drug-abuse instruments and paraphernalia in the truck and house. After Bostic was found in the bathroom, Howard said the two suspects were cooperative and didn’t cause any further problems.

“The evidence later will be transferred to BCI for analysis that it is indeed heroin,” the sheriff added.

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