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BREAKING NEWS - Alleged drug dealer accuses accuser

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:44 PM

A man accused of dealing drugs turned the tables on the police's informant today, saying it was the informant who originally got him hooked on heroin.

A jury started deliberating this afternoon in the case of a Willard man who is accused of selling two balloons of heroin to a confidential informant in the spring of 2006.

Matthew Fortner, 21, testified he went to the Bouscay Avenue duplex of Ryan J. Justice, 27, now of 1244 Greenfield Drive, to purchase the heroin April 13, 2006 after setting up the controlled buy with two Norwalk police detectives.

Justice said he was not a heroin addict until he met Fortner about December 2005 and Fortner and two other men started shooting up. Fortner helped him shoot up for the first month and didn’t charge him anything, Justice testified. They later went to Toledo after Justice was paid to meet Fortner’s source to get heroin.

“(Fortner) called me and wanted the dope we just got,” Justice said about the April 13, 2006 incident. “Matt was my connection.”

Before the transaction, Fortner, who recently got out of a community-based correction facility, approached Detective Sgt. Todd Temple about buying heroin from nine different people in exchange for not being charged. Temple testified that Fortner initiated six purchases.

“Everybody’s been convicted, except Mr. Justice,” the detective said.

Justice was indicted Jan. 26 on one count of trafficking in heroin.

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