The Lake Township Police Department’s participation in a recent multi-agency enforcement blitz netted a large amount of suspected drug-related cash and a gun that had been reported stolen out of Toledo.
Police Chief Mark Hummer reported Tuesday during a meeting of the township trustees that the two-day blitz was a “successful operation.”
According to police reports, $56,987 was seized from a Pittsburgh, Pa. man June 14 after a traffic stop on I-280 near Latcha Road and the department’s K-9 unit alerted to something in the car.
Lawrence M. Wright, 40, had the money, which has been turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency, stashed in a detergent box, police said.
On June 13, Matthew S. Miles, 29, also of Pittsburgh, was stopped for a traffic infraction on I-280 near Latcha Road and charged for possession of drugs.
Two Toledoans were charged after police stopped their vehicle June 13 near the same location. Marwan Lamb, 34, was charged with receiving stolen property after police found a gun in the vehicle. He was also charged with having a weapon while under criminal disability.
A passenger, Adelia McGary, 26, was charged with possession of drugs.
Two men were charged June 13 with soliciting for prostitution and a third was charged with complicity to solicit.
The arrests occurred at the Flying J Truckstop after the men allegedly solicited an undercover police officer participating in the blitz.
Mark D. Moravecz, 50, Sipesville, Pa. and Yaakou Rubenstein, 33, Brooklyn, New York, were charged with soliciting and Yoav Davidovich, 35, of Brooklyn, was charged with complicity to solicit.
Police said the men are truck drivers.
Chief Hummer said the cost of overtime for the officers was covered by a grant.
Operation Shield involved 16 agencies and covered the Toledo metropolitan area, including Lucas and Wood counties.