Police: Pot pinched from evidence barn

NORWALK Call it a high crime: Law enforcement sources told the Register 165 pounds of marijuana was
Cory Frolik
May 24, 2010

NORWALK

Call it a high crime: Law enforcement sources told the Register 165 pounds of marijuana was stolen from an evidence barn in Norwalk.

Huron County Prosecutor Russ Leffler refused to comment on the matter, but did not deny the marijuana has vanished.

At the Shady Lane storage garage where the Huron County Sheriff's office kept the marijuana, one of the doors is boarded up with plywood.

When county titles supervisor Sharon Long arrived at work Tuesday morning, she saw a swarm of sheriff's office vehicles in front of the storage garage. They continued their investigation throughout the morning, she said.

The Norwalk Reflector reported Wednesday that the sheriff's office was investigating a burglary report from 7 a.m. that day, but authorities declined to say what was stolen from the storage complex.

The burglary occurred just one day after the man who was accused of transporting the 75 kilos of marijuana into Norwalk was shown where it was stashed.

Authorities on Tuesday escorted 35-year-old Toledo resident John Nunley Jr. and 12 jurors to the garage.

The visit was meant to show jurors the physical evidence in the case against Nunley, who faces large-scale possession charges.

Authorities said the 75 kilos of marijuana could fetch as much as $200,000 on the streets.

Typically, physical evidence is presented in the courtroom. But the marijuana, stored in four huge plastic bags, had grown mold. Deputies said its toxic fumes prevented them from exhibiting it in a closed courtroom.

All Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick would say Wednesday was that he had been told Sheriff Dick Sutherland will be "releasing information pertaining to this matter" today.

Leffler said Wednesday evening the jury was out on the Nunley case. Nunley is out on bond while awaiting the verdict.