Eleven members of the New London Police Department used a search warrant about 8 p.m. Friday at 123 High St. in the village. Sgt. Seth Miracle said the incident was the culmination of an investigation that started about four weeks ago.
“We received drug intel that drugs were being used or manufactured at the residence,” he added. “We always had suspicions about the house, but it wasn’t corroborated (until recently).”
Deborah L. (Fidler) Fagan, 33, of 123 High St., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Her husband, Kevin L. Fagan, 34, of the same address, was charged with obstruction of justice. Chief Mike Marko said the man also was arrested on a contempt of court warrant out of Ashland Municipal Court.
“Huron County Children Services was notified and took two children out of the residence and (were) placed with a family member,” Miracle added, referring to an infant and an 8-year-old boy.
Six officers entered the house while five stayed outside to execute the warrant.
“Kevin was actually living in a tent in the back yard. When the officers yelled ‘search warrant,’ he ran,” said Marko, noting Fagan was caught and arrested about five houses away.
At the High Street residence, police said they confiscated the following items: Suspected methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, several possible drug instruments, drug paraphernalia, two computers and a shotgun. The evidence is being tested at the Mansfield police crime lab.
“Additional charges are pending lab results,” Miracle said, referring to possible felonies. “Kevin said he is a meth addict, but none of the other parties admitted to any drug use.”
Police had contacted the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation because officers suspected there was possible evidence of a meth lab, but authorities determined that wasn’t the case.
While using the warrant, police used body cameras.
“(During) any interaction with the public, the body camera is active,” Marko said.