Heroin dealer convicted

Cary Ashby • Feb 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM

An area resident was convicted Tuesday of selling heroin to a confidential informant.

Dustin M. Booker, 27, of Tiro pleaded guilty to an amended charge of trafficking in heroin. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to downgrade the count from a fourth-degree felony to a fifth-degree felony and removed the language that indicated the transaction took place near a school.

Also, defense attorney James Mayer III said the state agreed to not pursue an indictment on an unspecified felony case that went through Norwalk Municipal Court.

Booker sold .01 grams of heroin to an informant March 19, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said. The Ohio Bureau of Investigation later tested the drug.

Since Booker doesn't have any prior felony convictions, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told him it's likely he faces some form of community control, which could include jail time. His conviction is punishable by six to 12 months behind bars.

Booker, who is out on bond and subject to random drug screens, will be sentenced April 2.

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