Heroin defendant pleads innocent

Cary Ashby • Dec 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM

A former Norwalk resident entered a "not guilty" plea to possessing heroin in his wallet.

Shaun M. O'Donnell, 28, of East Palestine, is charged with the fifth-degree felony in connection with an Aug. 2 traffic stop by Norwalk Police Officer Zack O'Neil. O'Donnell was southbound on Ontario Street before being stopped on St. Mary's Street.

"He was driving on a suspended license and (O'Neil) pulled him over for that," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said shortly afterward.

Authorities said the officer found powdered heroin inside a small piece of folded paper in a sealed, clear plastic bag in O'Donnell's wallet and also seized two needles.

O'Donnell was released the day after the traffic stop, having posted a $5,000 bond at the Huron County Jail. He is subject to random drug screens. His trial is scheduled for Feb. 26.

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