Accused drug dealer tells her story

Cary Ashby • Sep 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Before Laura Bianchi was accused of selling pain pills to her one-time best friend, that same person reportedly broke into her Greenwich home.

"I had pressed charges. I gave him every opportunity to admit to it," Bianchi said.

The woman reported the theft of some DVDs, her daughter's camcorder, a Blu-ray player, DVD player and some pain medication. Bianchi said the break-in suspect later was caught on video surveillance selling those items at the Cashland in Willard.

For reasons that remain unclear, Bianchi said she later went to the Huron County Prosecutor's Office to tell prosecutors she no longer wanted to pursue charges against her best friend. When asked why she decided to do that, she simply said, "because he was my friend."

"He came to me and finally told me the truth," she added.

On Oct. 2, Bianchi went to the Huron County Sheriff's Office to report someone had been threatening her daughter.

While she was at the station, she said her best friend kept "texting me all day." Bianchi said the man said he wanted to buy one of her "pain pills."

"I kept saying no. I was half tempted to bring it up to the sheriff's office, but I didn't," she said.

The man came to Bianchi's East Main Street home uninvited later that day.

"He asked me to sell (him) two pills. I didn't let him in. He just came on in," Bianchi said.

The Greenwich Police Department coordinated the drug buy. Bianchi was charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs. The third-degree felony is punishable by nine months to three years in prison.

In mid-October, the case was transferred from Norwalk Municipal Court to Huron County Common Pleas Court for a grand jury to possibly indict her. Court records further indicate prosecutors dismissed the charge Jan. 30.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff was asked why that happened.

"She lucked out; the informant died," he said.

"It's in the interest of justice is why we dismissed it," said Woodruff, who declined further comment.

Bianchi was asked why she wanted to tell her side of the story since the drug charge was dropped and the informant has died. She was aware of the person's passing, but she didn't know when he died.

"If it went to court, (you would hear) I repeatedly told him I wasn't going to sell him a pill. I'm confident all charges would be dropped regardless," she said.

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