Heroin dealer gets prison time

Cary Ashby • Mar 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

A Norwalk man was sentenced Thursday to 10 months in prison for selling heroin to a confidential informant.

Roy A. Stewart III, 32, was one of five people arrested in early December after Norwalk police officers used a search warrant at an East Harkness Street residence. Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton has said all the suspects are "known heroin addicts" who had been staying at the local "heroin house" and were traveling to Cleveland to buy the drugs.

Stewart pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of trafficking in heroin. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the defendant sold two balloons of heroin to a confidential informant Nov. 19.

As part of a plea deal, the state agreed to dismiss a second trafficking in heroin charge in connection with a Nov. 25 incident.

"The joint recommendation would be 10 months in prison," Woodruff told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Stewart, who waived his right to a presentence investigation, declined to speak on his own behalf in court.

While the judge didn't impose a fine, Stewart must reimburse police $80 to cover the cost of drug testing. He also had his driver's license suspended for six months.

"He has prior (felony) convictions. He's been to prison before," Woodruff said.

Most recently, in late June 2011, Stewart was sentenced to one year in prison for trafficking in heroin.

"He didn't do the whole year. They let him out after nine months," Woodruff said.

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