Heroin dealer sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Jan 31, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A heroin dealer is serving an 11-month prison term.

Luis M. Lopez, 25, of Lorain, received the sentence Tuesday for one count of trafficking in heroin. He earlier pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree felony in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a second, similar charge with a vehicle specification.

The Norwalk Police Department arrested Lopez and his suspected co-defendant, Salvador Rodriguez, 41, on April 20. The state Highway Patrol stopped the 2001 Ford Escape that Lopez was driving in Milan a short time after a controlled drug buy in Norwalk.

Officers recovered the buy money totaling $180, a small amount of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton has said Lopez's girlfriend, a 27-year-old Lorain woman who owns the Escape, and their 3-year-old daughter were in the sport utility vehicle at the time of the drug buy.

Rodriguez didn't show up for his pre-trial hearing Jan. 7. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway issued a warrant for his arrest.

The defendant is charged with trafficking in heroin. As of Wednesday, he remained on the lam.

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