Hiding man pleads guilty to heroin possession

Cary Ashby • Aug 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A Norwalk man pleaded guilty Tuesday to having heroin while hiding from police.

Keith S. Fox Jr., 27, of 208 E. Ohio 61, Apt. B, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin for a March 16, 2012 incident. When he is sentenced Oct. 9, he faces six to 12 months behind bars.

"Although the defendant has a prior felony from a number of years ago, the state would be recommending community control, which could include jail (time) or CBCF," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

A CBCF is a community-based corrections facility, which is a form or prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

The Norwalk Police Department caught Fox hiding behind a utility pole at the corner of Whittlesey Avenue and Washington Street. Leffler said officers questioned the defendant, who said he was wanted on some Norwalk Municipal Court warrants "for violating his probation" and during a subsequent search, police found a syringe and heroin in Fox's possession.

"He was very cooperative," the prosecutor added.

Fox earlier posted a $5,000 bond. Leffler said the state had no objection to that same bond "as long as there is some fairly serious drug testing."

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Fox is serving time on a misdemeanor-related probation violation, but should be released from the Huron County about a week before his sentencing date.

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