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Pair plead guilty to drug charges

Heather Chapin-Fowler • Sep 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Ttwo people recently pleaded guilty to narcotic-related offenses in the Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Benilda Sepeda, 36, of Newton Street, Norwalk, pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin for selling a confidential informant a small amount of the drug during a controlled buy set up by Norwalk police last year.

Sepeda was immediately arrested after the sale and police confiscated the money used in the sale which was located still in her lap, according to Prosecutor Russell Leffler.

Sepeda maintained during her arrest that she had only sold the drug to the man because she "though the informant was sick" due to withdrawal from his heroin addiction, Leffler said. Additional packages of heroin were found in her possession during the investigation.

While Sepeda's bond was continued, she never posted it and was taken back to the Huron County Jail to await a Sept. 25 sentence hearing.

The charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 18 months and a $5,000 fine.

Edward Sokolowski, 61, of Vickery, also pleaded guilty to a charge in connection with a drug-related incident.

Sokolowski was convicted of possessing less than a gram of Oxycodone.

Since Sokolowski has lead a law abiding life for the past 32 years since his last felony conviction in Erie County, his attorney asked Judge James Conway to consider placing him in a community based correctional facility when he is sentenced Sept. 26.

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