Heroin dealer sent to jail

Cary Ashby • Oct 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

A Norwalk man convicted of trafficking in heroin was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in the Huron County Jail.

Roy L. Staley, 44, of 12 Ford Ave., will be subject to random drug screens during his three years of probation. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway also suspended his driver's license for six months, fined Staley $250 and ordered him to pay $40 in restitution to the Huron County Sheriff's Office to cover the cost of drug testing.

Staley had requested in-patient treatment, but wasn't eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction or acceptance into a a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"This is tough. This is a tough thing to get off your back," Staley said about his ongoing drug problem. "Like my father said, the first time I mess up I'm out of the house."

The defendant has no prior felony convictions so he wasn't eligible for a prison term.

"If he hadn't seriously injured his back we wouldn't be here today," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said. "Roy has been completely forthright since the beginning about the case."

If Staley violates the terms of his probation, which includes substance abuse counseling, he faces one year in prison.

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