Drug defendant OK'd for intervention program

Cary Ashby • Jul 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM

A woman arrested during a drug-related sweep of three counties has a felony conviction pending while she's on the intervention program.

Tara R. Rhodes, 40, of 129 Howard St., Bellevue, was placed on three years of probation Monday. She is charged with trafficking in oxycodone in connection with a June 26, 2012 incident involving a confidential informant used by the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

"The informant paid Miss Rhodes $70 for five pills," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said about the incident in a Bellevue residence.

Rhodes must pay $40 in restitution to the sheriff's office to cover the cost of drug testing.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said Rhodes has been OK'd for the intervention-in-lieu-of-conviction program, which typically takes about 18 months to complete. Although she pleaded guilty Monday, the judge won't impose a conviction if Rhodes successfully completes the program.

In mid-April, local deputies and authorities from seven area police departments plus the Erie, Richland and Sandusky county sheriff's offices combed three counties to arrest 18 suspects on drug-related secret indictments. Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard called the sweep "Operation: Crystal Clear" because he said authorities wanted to send a clear message that the battle to stamp out the local drug problem will continue.

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