Woman guily of heroin crime

Cary Ashby • Jun 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Westlake resident Cecelia A. Parisi, 24, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court to possession of heroin.

The fifth-degree felony is for an Oct. 6 traffic stop by the Wakeman Police Department when Parisi was a front-seat passenger.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Officer Tom Sech searched the vehicle and found a spoon with heroin residue.

"Miss Parisi was cooperative with police authorities," Leffler added.

Also reportedly found in the vehicle were a used syringe and in Parisi's purse, a Visa card belonging to a male subject, police said.

"There was a makeshift tourniquet made of shoe laces. There was a small piece of folded paper with residue ... consistent with heroin (usage)," Chief Tim Hunker said shortly after the incident.

As part of Tuesday's plea deal, Parisi agreed to have the nearly $2,000 in cash seized as evidence forfeited to the Wakeman Police Department Trust Fund. Leffler also said he would recommend some form of community control sanctions during her Aug. 8. sentencing hearing.

"She does have one prior felony," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said about a Cuyahoga County conviction.

Parisi, who earlier posted a $5,000 bond, is on probation for a misdemeanor theft conviction through Berea Municipal Court.

"I was charged with this before I was sentenced to probation," she told the judge.

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