Cops seize $80 buy money, 7 heroin packets during buy-bust

Cary Ashby • Apr 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A heroin addict was arrested this week after a buy-bust coordinated by the Norwalk Police Department.

Benilda J. Sepeda, 36, of 24G Bouscay Ave., was arrested shortly after reportedly selling heroin to a confidential informant, Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said. The arrest happened just before 4 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of Discount Drug Mart, 201 Cline St.

"We stopped the vehicle right after the buy," Fulton said.

Police recovered $80 in buy money, which reportedly was in Sepeda's lap. Fulton said officers also seized seven more packets of suspected heroin, $215 and the suspect's cell phone.

"She sold four packets for $75. She gave our (informant) $5 change," the detective said. "She said she's got a real bad (heroin) habit.

"She was pretty cooperative. She admitted to the sales in November," Fulton said. "This has been an ongoing investigation. Sepeda sold heroin to a confidential informant in November of 2012."

Police estimate the 11 packets of heroin have a street value of slightly more than $200.

Norb's Northside Service towed the silver 2002 Chrysler Sebring that Sepeda was driving from the parking lot. The car could be subject to forfeiture.

Sepeda was charged with one count each of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin. Each of the fifth-degree felonies are punishable by six to 12 months in prison. Sepeda could be sentenced to prison due to a prior felony conviction.

In early June 2010, she was sentenced to 10 months in prison for misusing a credit card.

The state, in an earlier plea deal, dismissed one count of theft from the elderly. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler earlier said Sepeda reportedly victimized a Walmart greeter between Jan. 20 and 22, 2009.

After Monday's arrest, Fulton spoke to Sepeda's probation officer, who reported Sepeda is on judicial release from Delaware County and could go back there to address those charges once her local case is resolved.

As of March 26, 2010, Sepeda was arrested as a fugitive of justice in connection with a possession of heroin case filed in Delaware County Common Pleas Court. Records indicate the defendant reported to court May 2, 2010.

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