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Drug dealer punished with prison sentence

Cary Ashby • Feb 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A man now reporting to be homeless was sentenced Monday to 11 months in prison for dealing a medicine used to treat addiction to heroin, morphine and codeine.

Former Norwalk resident Zachary J. Mesenburg, 29, pleaded guilty during the same hearing to trafficking in Suboxone. The Nov. 27 incident involved a confidential informant used by the Norwalk Police Department. Huron County Public Defender David Longo said there were two transactions and police arrested his client after the second one.

As part of a plea deal Monday, the state agreed to dismiss a similar charge of trafficking in Suboxone. Longo and Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff had recommended Mesenburg receive an 11-month prison term; he could have faced up to a year behind bars.

Mesenburg, who had been in jail since the controlled buy, told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway he sold the drugs when he was "trying to get a place to live."

When the judge advised him of his rights in the case, Mesenburg asked Conway if transitional control was a possibility so he wouldn't go "straight to the streets" and get into "the same patterns."

Conway, in response, said he would leave it open as a possibility.

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