Cocaine dealer sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Oct 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

A Bellevue man was sentenced to one year in prison Thursday for selling cocaine to a confidential informant.

Danny Klein Jr., 30, of 171A N. Buckeye St., failed to appear for his original sentencing hearing, scheduled for Sept. 19.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Klein told him it was an "honest mistake."

"He expected to be a witness in another case," said Longo, and his client thought he wouldn't be sentenced until that case was done.

"He didn't flee the jurisdiction. He was just sitting at home," Longo told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Klein, who was credited with serving four days in jail, declined to speak on his own behalf.

As part of the joint recommendation Thursday which included the prison term, prosecutors agreed not to pursue an indictment on failure to appear.

In mid-June, Klein pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine. The conviction was for a July 20, 2012 incident. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed three counts of trafficking in oxycodone, in connection with July 18, 26 and 31, 2012 offenses.

Klein was arrested April 17 during a three-county sweep coordinated by the Huron County Sheriff's Office, which involved three other sheriff's offices and members of seven police departments. Fifteen suspects were taken into custody on drug-related secret indictments during "Operation: Crystal Clear."

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