Heroin defendant granted intervention

Cary Ashby • Jan 30, 2014 at 8:22 AM

A heroin defendant who is undergoing substance abuse treatment in Lorain County has been accepted into the local drug intervention program.

That means Avon resident Katherine R. Frioud, 24, won't have a conviction on her record if he complies with the terms of her three years of basic probation. Her community control sanctions include random drug screens and paying $40 to the Huron County Sheriff's Office to cover the cost of drug testing.

If Frioud violates intervention, her probation officer has the discretion of imposing up to 30 days in the Huron County Jail without a hearing.

Frioud said she will be in a Cleveland "detox" facility this week and transferred to do a 30-day in-patient substance abuse treatment program.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said he's glad to hear Frioud is involved in a residential program.

"That's over and above what I'd be requiring of you," the judge told her.

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

Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker assisted the sheriff's office with the investigation. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said investigators had arranged for a controlled purchase and expected to do a buy-bust.

Officers arrested Frioud and her co-defendant, Sarah E. Crabtree, 24, also of Avon, in the white 2002 Mercury minivan Crabtree was driving. Deputies ordered the pair out of the truck and seized several doses of heroin, syringes and spoons as evidence. Kasper said the substance on the seven pieces of plastic later tested positive for heroin.

"She (Frioud) admitted she was going to sell it," the prosecutor added.

The defendants were out on bond from Lorain County on drug-related charges at the time.

Crabtree pleaded guilty in December to possession of heroin.

As part of her three years of intensive probation, she 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 jail, had her license suspended for six months.

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

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