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Stay-at-home dad among trio arrested in heroin case

Cary Ashby • Aug 25, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Three men are charged in connection with bringing heroin back from Columbus, where they reportedly bought the drugs. One of the suspects is a stay-at-home dad with three children.

Norwalk residents William M. Kidd, 25, Shane E. Laney, 27, and John D. Marsillett, 26, were arrested during a traffic stop about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Sgt. Angel Burgos and Trooper Tom Halko, both of the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol, and Norwalk Police Sgt. Dave Smith were involved in the arrests.

"It was a cooperative investigation by many agencies," Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said.

Marsillett attempted to convince Norwalk Municipal Court Judge John Ridge to lower his $25,000 bond, saying he already was having difficulty supporting his three children.

"I was just in the wrong situation at the wrong time; that's all this is," Marsillett said Wednesday via closed circuit television from the Huron County Jail.

Clifford said he intends to forward a report to Huron County Children Services in connection with the allegations against Marsillett. He said Marsillett is accused of giving Kidd $50 to buy heroin and sometime during the trip back to Norwalk, Kidd helped Marsillet shoot up the drug.

Marsillett, of 29 W. Seminary St., is charged with complicity to possession of heroin. Kidd, of 18 Gallup Ave., and Laney, of 5144 N. U.S. 250, Lot 39, are charged with one count each of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin.

Laney is accused of "repackaging the heroin for distribution" while the trio were traveling from Columbus back to Norwalk, Clifford said.

Based on the allegations and each of the defendants' lengthy drug-related criminal histories, Ridge ruled that each suspect must post a $25,000 bond before being released from custody. The judge also prohibited each defendant from possessing or obtaining drugs of abuse if they post bail.

The drugs have been sent to an area lab for analysis.

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