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Drug testing push 'a scam'|Woman who advocated student testing arrested for selling heroin

Scott Seitz • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

A Norwalk woman who promoted drug testing in Norwalk City Schools was arrested Thursday for trafficking in heroin.

Stephanie L. Broz, 22, of 154 W. Main St., was arrested by Norwalk police pursuant to two Norwalk Municipal Court warrants which were for trafficking in heroin.

Broz was arrested without incident during a traffic stop on Benedict Avenue. Officers  located a significant amount of suspected heroin in Broz’s possession.

Broz was transported to the Huron County Jail.

Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple said Broz awaits a bond hearing at Norwalk Municipal Court.

Additional charges are pending against her.

Temple said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected in Norwalk.

“She admitted selling in the Norwalk area,” Temple said this morning.

The arrest was part of a METRICH investigation. Huron County Sheriff’s Capt. Robert McLaughlin and Erie County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Lippert also assisted with the investigation.

Temple said the current investigation of Broz was “about a week old,” but added officers had been investigating her for about a year.

Temple also credited Norwalk Police Capt. Jack O’Neil and the Norwalk police second shift for making the traffic stop and arrest.

“And I credit Detective Dave Pigman who put a lot of time in on this too,” Temple said.

Temple said Broz’s supplier was from Columbus.

“There’s an active investigation in Columbus, too,” Temple said.

Temple said Broz’s 2-month-old child was removed from the home and placed with Huron County Children Services.

Broz’s speaking at Norwalk school board meetings was not honest, according to what she told officers Thursday.

“She told officers she talked about the drug testing to take the pressure off or to avert attention (from her),” Temple said. “She said it was a scam.”

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