Pair of women plead innocent to heroin charges

Cary Ashby • Sep 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Two drug defendants made their first appearances Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

The suspects entered "not guilty" pleas and are subject to random drug screens.

Two Avon residents, Sarah E. Crabtree and Katherine R. Frioud, both 24, were indicted in mid-August in connection with being arrested at the Firelands Manor mobile home park in Wakeman. Huron County Sheriff's Detective Eric Bardar conducted the investigation and was assisted by Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker.

Crabtree and Frioud face one count each of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin, both in connection with a June 26 incident. If Crabtree is convicted of the trafficking charge, she would have to forfeit a 2002 Mercury.

"They were taken into custody (June 26) and found to be in possession of several doses of heroin ... along with syringes and spoons," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said after the arrests.

"They were both out on bond from Lorain County for possession of drugs there," he said. "They both advised us they had their home raided in Lorain and a substantial amount of heroin and crack was seized (about May)."

At Monday's separate arraignments, the defendants said they weren't on probation and didn't have prior felony convictions.

Frioud has a trial scheduled for Dec. 10 while Crabtree's is Dec. 19. Defense attorney Reese Wineman is representing Frioud while Huron County Public Defender David Longo is representing her suspected accomplice.

Both defendants earlier posted $10,000 bonds and were released from the Huron County Jail.

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