Heroin defendant pleads innocent

Cary Ashby • Jan 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

A Bellevue man accused of selling heroin goes to trial April 10.

Daniel P. Ruffing, 27, of 113 Hobson St., is charged with trafficking in heroin. His indictment alleges he committed the April 16 offense in the vicinity of a school.

A prosecutor had requested Ruffing be held on 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, but Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the defendant doesn't have any family in the area and he has a construction job.

Ruffing said he doesn't have any prior felony convictions and isn't on probation. Longo said the only charge he knows of is driving with a suspended license.

The defendant was released on a personal recognizance bond after Tuesday's arraignment. That means he signed a court document promising he would return for future hearings without having to pay any money.

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