Convicted heroin dealer has bond revoked

Cary Ashby • Mar 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM

A convicted heroin dealer had her bond revoked Monday in connection with violating her probation by testing positive for opiates.

Brittany N. Fernekees, 22, of 311 U.S. 250, New London, has been on three years of probation for trafficking in heroin.

In mid-February 2011, she was sentenced to 60 days in the Huron County Jail. She also was fined $250 and ordered to reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $40 to cover the cost of drug testing.

At one point, Fernekees spent four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF). Near the end of last year, she was released from the form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

After her release from the CBCF, Fernekees tested positive for opiates and oxycodone, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway revoked the defendant's bond Monday. That means Fernekees will remain behind bars until she is sentenced for her probation violation April 9.

Fernekees, in 2011, emotionally told the court about her struggle with drugs and how she has been addicted to heroin since high school. She also blamed her boyfriend at the time for getting her addicted and for manipulating her.

"I had to do all the dirty work," Fernekees told Conway. "If I screwed up, there were consequences. I was physically and emotionally abused."

"It's been really hard to get sober," said the defendant, who was undergoing local substance abuse counseling and attending three AA meetings a week.

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