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Woman's bond revoked for positive drug test

Cary Ashby • Apr 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A Monroeville woman who swallowed heroin during a Wakeman traffic stop had her bond revoked Wednesday.

Carol L. Schaffer, 51, of 5321 N. Ohio 99, was in Huron County Common Pleas Court for her sentencing hearing. Before the proceedings started, her probation officer had her submit to a random drug screen.

"She tested positive for both cocaine and marijuana," Judge Jim Conway said.

Schaffer denied the allegation by Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff that she hadn't been making herself available to the probation department for drug tests.

"I've been clean since Nov. 1. This is the first time I've made a mistake," she told the court.

Also Wednesday, Schaffer was served with a new indictment, one count of trafficking in heroin. Since she has a prior felony conviction, she faces six to 12 months in prison in connection with the Nov. 27 controlled drug purchase coordinated by the Norwalk Police Department.

Schaffer was in court Wednesday to face sentencing for an amended charge of attempted tampering with evidence. She was one of three occupants in a Dodge Durango, which was stopped June 2 for a stop sign and multiple equipment violations. The traffic stop happened at the intersection of South River Street and Ohio 303.

Wakeman police seized drug paraphernalia, multiple syringes, aluminum foil and a cooking spoon from the sport utility vehicle. Authorities have said one of the three women said they had bought some heroin and each occupant "pointed to the other women" when officers asked if any of them had swallowed the drugs -- a total of 25 balloons of black tar heroin. The drugs had an estimated street value of $900.

The three women were taken to the Fisher-Titus Medical Center emergency room for treatment. Schaffer later passed some heroin.

"There were over 60 hits of black tar inside these balloons," Chief Tim Hunker said soon afterward. "They were coming from Cleveland and stopped at a local store and bought some syringes."

Due to the new charge, Conway rescheduled Schaffer's sentencing date for May 5. The court didn't set a trial date for the suspected trafficking offense.

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