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Man guilty of trafficking in heroin

Cary Ashby • Dec 31, 2018 at 1:09 PM

A Willard man with a history of felony drug convictions and prison sentences has been convicted of a heroin offense.

Claude E. Reed, 38, most recently of 3145 Ohio 61, pleaded guilty Friday to trafficking in heroin. Out on a $2,500 unsecured appearance bond, he will be sentenced Feb. 21.

Reed could face up to one year in prison since he has a prior conviction. In August 2012, he was sentenced to 22 months in prison for two separate counts of possession of heroin. 

The defendant, his brother and a Fostoria woman were arrested March 2, 2012 in the 300 block of Rae Court in Willard after authorities raided a residence. Members of the Willard Police Department, Huron County Sheriff's Office and METRICH drug task force conducted the searches on Rae Court and at Coble Village. Police seized multiple items of drug paraphernalia, including several uncapped syringes that were filled with unknown liquids.

Authorities found two children, 3 months and 5 years old, sleeping in a bedroom, where “much of the contraband was located,” Chief Mark Holden said after the drug bust. Police contacted Huron County Children Services, had the children removed and placed them with relatives.

Reed was out of jail after an incident several days earlier — Feb. 29, 2012. His defense attorney later said Reed “told me he didn't want to be out on bond (and) he felt safer in jail.”

After Reed’s prison sentence, he was placed on three years of post-release control, according to court records. His brother received an 11-month prison term for the March 2012 drug raid.

Reed has other felony convictions through Huron County Common Pleas Court: Trafficking in drugs (2001) plus possession of drugs and an offense involving a counterfeit controlled substance (2003). In the 2003 case, Reed received an 11-month prison sentence for violating his probation.

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