Man pleads guilty to heroin crime

Cary Ashby • Feb 13, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A Sandusky man pleaded guilty Monday to possessing heroin.

Steve A. Patrick's conviction is for an Aug. 11 incident investigated by the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

Patrick drove into a business parking lot in Norwalk. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said the passenger in the pickup truck got out and went into the business, where a drug transaction took place.

"He was taken into custody there," she added.

Deputies then ordered Patrick out of the truck. Kasper said during a related pat-down, deputies found "a substantial amount of cash" -- $4,000 -- in one of Patrick's pockets and .008 grams of heroin in another pocket.

Patrick's passenger, Holly A. Daniel, 23, of rural Monroeville, has been ordered to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse counseling and education. In early November, Daniel pleaded guilty to possession of heroin.

Deputy Josh Kaufman had received a tip about the drug deal at a Milan Avenue grocery store and the owner allowed him to set up surveillance before the transaction happened.

"He observed one of the drug dealers and knew there were two warrants for (Daniel) and immediately took her into custody," Capt. Ted Patrick said soon after the arrests.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway asked Kasper if the seized cash was being forfeited.

"It's not part of the plea agreement," Kasper said.

As part of Monday's plea deal, Kasper and defense attorney Troy Wisehart agreed the state would recommend a community control sanction, which could include jail time, as long as Steve Patrick's pre-sentence investigation indicates he doesn't have any new felony convictions.

Patrick said he has a prior felony, which would make him eligible for a prison term. Conway warned the defendant he isn't bound to the state's recommendation when he imposes his sentence.

The defendant faces six to 12 months behind bars when he is sentenced April 9. He remains out on a $10,000 bond.

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