Heroin defendant put on probation

Cary Ashby • Jan 24, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A heroin defendant's probation officer can impose a 90-day jail sentence any time while she is on community control.

Also during her three years of intensive probation, Avon resident Sarah E. Crabtree, 24, was must pay a $250 fine and reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Investigation $35 for the cost of drug testing. The defendant, who earlier served 14 days in the Huron County Jail, had her license suspended for six months.

Crabtree pleaded guilty in December to possession of heroin. She also didn't claim any ownership of the white 2002 Mercury minivan she was driving during the June 26 incident at the Firelands Manor mobile home park in Wakeman.

Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker assisted the Huron County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.

On Sept. 26, Crabtree drove to a Wakeman mobile home and authorities found heroin in van she was driving, authorities said. Officers arrested Crabtree and Katherine R. Frioud, 24, also of Avon, and seized several doses of heroin, syringes and spoons as evidence. The defendants were out on bond from Lorain County on drug-related charges at the time.

Frioud is charged with one count each of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin. She earlier posted a $10,000 bond.

On Dec. 10, Frioud was granted drug intervention in lieu of having a conviction on her record. Court records indicate a trial date will be scheduled within 30 days if she violates the terms of the substance abuse program.

"Ms. Crabtree and her friend were used by a far more nefarious character," said Huron County Public Defender David Longo, adding the pair haven't been associating with the male suspect since the incident.

"Apparently, justice hasn't caught up with him yet," Longo said.

On Jan. 8, Crabtree was placed on three years of probation for a Lorain County drug offense.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told Crabtree if she violates her probation, she'll either be sent to a community-based corrections facility or could face a year in prison. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse or treatment.

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