Drug defendants arraigned

Cary Ashby • Dec 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

A former Willard resident who was arrested after a buy-bust entered "not guilty" pleas to three related felonies Monday. Her boyfriend at the time was arraigned the next day.

Arielle A. Aldrich, 23, of Columbus, is charged with one count each of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine. She was one of three suspects arrested after the Oct. 16 buy-bust involving a confidential informant on Walton Avenue in Willard.

Jeremy D. Robinson, 22, also of Columbus, faces the same three fifth-degree felonies, which are punishable by six to 12 months behind bars.

The Huron County drug task force found numerous syringes and other suspected drug paraphernalia during a search of Aldrich's then Myrtle Avenue residence, sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said soon afterward. Huron County Children Services was contacted and responded to the scene because Aldrich's and Robinson's 1-year-old son lived at the residence. Robinson also had been living at the same address.

Sheriff Dane Howard, Chief Deputy Ted Patrick and the Willard and Monroeville police departments assisted with the investigation.

Aldrich earlier posted a $5,000 bond. Her trial date is March 27.

Robinson's trial is scheduled for March 25. The defendants are subject to random drug screens.

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