DELPHOS ó A Delphos man was arrested in a drug bust that police are calling the the most substantial within the city in more a decade due to the quantity of drugs seized.
Matthew L. Brown, 51, was found inside 835 W. Skinner St., Lot No. 75, in Delphos. Police served a search warrant for the house at 9:35 a.m. Thursday, and members of the West Central Ohio Task Force and the Allen County Sheriffís Office SWAT team arrested Brown and took him to the Van Wert County Jail.
In recent months, the Delphos Police Department and the task force had been investigating the house trailer after being tipped about drug activity there.
Inside the residence, police reported they found large amounts of heroin, cocaine, drug paraphernalia and cash. They also found a moderate amount of marijuana and a small amount of prescription pills.
Brown is charged with one count of possession of heroin, but the Van Wert County Grand Jury will likely add charges, according to Delphos Police Chief Kyle J. Fittro.
Due to the amount of heroin found, the charge is a first-degree felony and carries a three- to 10-year prison sentence if he is indicted and convicted.
Delphos Police reported if he is convicted on all potential charges, he will face a sentence ranging from three to 23 years.
This year, 18 people have been arrested on 52 separate drug-related indictments in Delphos. There have also been 12 drug-related search warrants executed within Delphos since November 2011.