Norwalk drug defendants plead guilty

Cary Ashby • Jun 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Heath R. Denger, 40, of 36 Glover Ave., pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in heroin.

He was one of three drug defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges as part of plea deals Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed two similar charges and one count of tampering with evidence.

The Norwalk Police Department special response team (SRT) arrested Denger without incident Jan. 28. Investigators from METRICH, a 10-county drug task force, were involved in the raid and used a search warrant.

"We received information (Denger) was trafficking in heroin from his residence," Detective Sgt. Seth Fry said after the arrest. "We had intelligence dating back to 2011. This was a long-term investigation."

During a search of the residence, police found about $280 worth of heroin packaged for sale, heroin-related packaging material, drug paraphernalia, two unloaded rifles, an unloaded shotgun and $157 in cash, which was suspected of being related to drug trafficking.

"Mr. Denger threw a plastic bag containing heroin under his basement steps as SRT members entered his home," Fry said.

Denger, who earlier posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, faces nine months to three years in prison when he is sentenced July 18. He has previous convictions for breaking and entering, burglary, attempted escape, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and multiple thefts.

In a second case Tuesday, Michael D. Dickman, 25, of 18 Amber Way, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of heroin for an Aug. 16 incident. In exchange, the state dismissed one count of possession of oxycodone.

Dickman has been unable to post a $5,000 bond. He faces six to 12 months behind bars when he is sentenced July 17.

The third case involved Roberta D. Bisel, 36, of 25 1/2 Woodlawn Ave., Apt. B. To read about her case, click HERE.

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