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Heroin defendant held without bond on probation violations

Cary Ashby • Jan 3, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A heroin defendant is being held without bond until her next probation violation hearing.

Sarah J. Schnell, 25, of 69 Harris St., said Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court there is probable cause she violated the terms of her community control sanctions. Her merits hearings is scheduled for Jan. 27.

Schnell was placed on three years of intensive probation in early July 2011. She was ordered to spend four to six months in a CBCF, fined $250 and ordered to reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $40 to cover the cost of drug testing.

Schnell and her accomplice were arrested Jan. 3, 2011 after a two-week investigation by Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton. He has said the other woman, former Norwalk resident Joellie R. Welch, now 41, was out of prison for about three weeks when police received reports "right away" of her being involved in selling heroin and detectives "were able to get some controlled buys off her." Welch was sentenced to 11 months in prison and forfeited her 1997 Mercury Tracer.

In late May 2011, Schnell pleaded guilty to possession of heroin in exchange for the state dismissing one count of trafficking in heroin.

About Schnell's probation violation case, defense attorney David Longo said it sounds as if prosecutors are considering jail time. Another possibility is Teen Challenge, a year-long, Christian-based substance abuse program for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions.

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