Suspected drug dealer pleads innocent

Cary Ashby • May 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A suspected drug dealer made her first appearance in court Monday -- almost a month after a Huron County grand jury secretly indicted her.

Heather M. Hodgkinson, 32, of 86 Newton St., is charged with three counts of trafficking in psilocyn, the main ingredient in what's known as "magic mushrooms." The Huron County Sheriff's Office coordinated the controlled drug buys on Sept. 11, 13 and 17.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Hodgkinson has been diagnosed with having psychiatric issues, but declined to elaborate Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Longo said he had to explain to her what psilocyn is and that it's the main ingredient in "magic mushrooms."

"She fell in with some bad people last fall," which led to the charges, Longo told Judge Jim Conway.

Hodgkinson, who was arrested Friday, was convicted in 2000 of complicity to trafficking in marijuana. Court records indicate a grand jury issued a secret indictment on the recent charges April 12.

If she posts 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, she is subject to random drug screens. Hodgkinson's trial is scheduled for June 30.

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