Heroin defendant gets trial date

Cary Ashby • Jun 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

A heroin addict who went to prison for misusing a credit card was arraigned this week in connection with a buy-bust coordinated by the Norwalk Police Department.

Benilda J. Sepeda, 36, of 106 Newton St., faces two counts of trafficking in heroin and one charge of possession of heroin. She pleaded innocent to the fifth-degree felonies Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

If convicted, she faces six to 12 months in prison on each charge. Sepeda could be sentenced to prison due to an April 2010 felony conviction for misusing a credit card.

Sepeda was arrested just before 4 p.m. April 15 in the parking lot of a Cline Street business. Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton has said police "stopped the vehicle right after the buy" and recovered $80 in buy money, which reportedly was in Sepeda's lap.

"She sold four packets for $75. She gave our (informant) $5 change," the detective said.

"She was pretty cooperative. She admitted to the sales in November," said Fulton, who accused Sepeda of selling heroin to a confidential informant.

Officers seized several packets of suspected heroin, $215 and the suspect's cell phone as evidence. Police estimated the heroin has a street value of slightly more than $200.

Sepeda was on judicial release from Delaware County at the time of her April 15 arrest.

As of March 26, 2010, Sepeda was arrested as a fugitive of justice in connection with a case filed in Delaware County Common Pleas Court. She was charged with possession of heroin and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

In early June 2010, she was sentenced to 10 months in prison for misusing a credit card. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler earlier said Sepeda reportedly victimized a Walmart greeter between Jan. 20 and 22, 2009.

Sepeda must post a $5,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail on the current case. She is subject to random drug screens and has an Aug. 22 trial date.

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