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Convicted drug dealer arrested on new, similar charges

Cary Ashby • Sep 28, 2013 at 6:07 AM

A Norwalk woman convicted of selling hydrocodone was arraigned Tuesday on similar charges.

Carol J. Ashcroft, 55, of 80 Norwood Ave., is charged with two counts of trafficking in hydrocodone in connection with incidents on Feb. 17 and 24, 2012. If convicted of each charge, she faces six to 18 months behind bars.

The Norwalk Police Department arrested Ashcroft on a secret indictment about 9:15 p.m. Monday at a Milan Avenue mobile home. She was transported to the Huron County Jail.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway released the defendant on a personal recognizance bond after she entered "not guilty" pleas Tuesday. That means Ashcroft signed an agreement promising to return for future hearings and was allowed to leave without paying any money. Her trial date is Dec. 19.

In September, Ashcroft pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in hydrocodone for a Feb. 15, 2012 incident. She will be sentenced Oct. 17.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Tuesday there was a communication breakdown and clerical mistake about the new charges because otherwise, they likely would have been resolved with the previous case.

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