Over $350,000 worth of drugs seized in Galion-Bucyrus drug bust


By Kimberly Gasuras - kgasuras@civitasmedia.com



A drug raid on two houses, one in Galion and one in Bucyrus, netted over $350,000 worth of suspected crack cocaine and heroin. (Courtesy Photo)


A drug raid on two houses, one in Galion and one in Bucyrus, netted over $350,000 worth of suspected crack cocaine and heroin. (Courtesy Photo)


Khabeer J. Brown, along with Tim and Billie Rathers, were arrested on drug-related charges after law enforcement searched a Bucyrus residence on North Sandusky Avenue and the one pictured at 231 Walker St., in Galion. (Courtesy Photo)


A Galion man who also resided in Bucyrus has been arrested on major drug charges along with a Bucyrus couple.

Khabeer J. Brown, 38, of 231 Walker St., Galion, and 937 N. Sandusky Ave., Bucyrus, is facing potential charges of possession of crack cocaine and heroin.

“He is facing the highest levels of first-degree felony drug charges there are,” said Bucyrus Police Chief Dave Koepke.

Detectives of the Bucyrus and Galion Police Departments raided both residences along with the Crawford County Special Response Team and METRICH task force. A large quantity of suspected crack cocaine, suspected heroin, over $1,200 in cash and evidence of drug trafficking were found in the Bucyrus residence where Tim and Billie Rathers were also arrested. The married couple is facing charges of permitting drug abuse.

Officers then executed a second search warrant at the Galion address, seizing in excess of four kilos of suspected crack cocaine and an estimated 800 grams of suspected heroin. The estimated weight of heroin seized is 820 grams of heroin valued at $16,000 dollars, and over five kilograms of crack cocaine valued at approximately $350,000 dollars.

“Both the Bucyrus and Galion Departments are very pleased to report a significant amount of dangerous drugs diverted from our communities and Crawford County,” Koepke said.

Koepke said a dog was found dead in the Galion home, and the cause of death is under investigation.

“He (Khabeer J. Brown) may be facing animal abuse or neglect charges in addition to the drug charges,” Koepke said.

Koepke said it appears the dog was left in the home to fend for himself.

The investigation continues in pursuit of asset forfeiture of property, vehicles and proceeds of suspected drug activity.

Formal charges are expected to be filed today. Check back for updates at http://galioninquirer.com.

A drug raid on two houses, one in Galion and one in Bucyrus, netted over $350,000 worth of suspected crack cocaine and heroin. (Courtesy Photo)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/03/web1_drugs2016323125724842.jpgA drug raid on two houses, one in Galion and one in Bucyrus, netted over $350,000 worth of suspected crack cocaine and heroin. (Courtesy Photo)

A drug raid on two houses, one in Galion and one in Bucyrus, netted over $350,000 worth of suspected crack cocaine and heroin. (Courtesy Photo)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/03/web1_More-drugs2016323125720130.jpgA drug raid on two houses, one in Galion and one in Bucyrus, netted over $350,000 worth of suspected crack cocaine and heroin. (Courtesy Photo)

Khabeer J. Brown, along with Tim and Billie Rathers, were arrested on drug-related charges after law enforcement searched a Bucyrus residence on North Sandusky Avenue and the one pictured at 231 Walker St., in Galion. (Courtesy Photo)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/03/web1_Walker-street-house2016323125725169.jpgKhabeer J. Brown, along with Tim and Billie Rathers, were arrested on drug-related charges after law enforcement searched a Bucyrus residence on North Sandusky Avenue and the one pictured at 231 Walker St., in Galion. (Courtesy Photo)

By Kimberly Gasuras

kgasuras@civitasmedia.com

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