Suspected drug dealer arrested after cops use search warrant

Cary Ashby • Feb 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Police arrested a man suspected of dealing drugs after officers used a search warrant at his residence Tuesday.

Deon C. Parker, 21, of 35 Oak St., was charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana in connection with incidents on March 18 and 19. If convicted, he faces six to 12 months behind bars on each of the fifth-degree felonies.

"He's been under investigation since March of 2013," Norwalk Police Detective Seth Fry said.

Police used a search warrant signed by Norwalk Municipal Court Judge Eric Weisenburger at Parker's Oak Street residence at 6:24 p.m. Tuesday. Fry, Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton and Officer Larry Noftz were involved in the search.

Officers reported finding "items associated with drug trafficking," according to the police report.

Fry declined to say what those items were based on going investigations, but he said that evidence plus other pending cases against Parker were the basis of using the warrant. The detective said Parker reportedly has bought drugs off various confidential informants.

"He was charged with other drug-trafficking cases I had on him," Fry added.

The detective said he plans to send those cases to the Huron County Prosecutor's Office to be reviewed for a possible indictment by a grand jury.

After Tuesday's search, Parker was arrested and transported to the Huron County Jail.

Parker has a possession-of-drugs case pending in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

He is charged with possession of oxycodone in connection with an Aug. 17 incident. Court records indicate Parker has waived his time to a speedy trial and has filed a motion to undergo treatment in lieu of conviction. That means if he's accepted into the program, he won't have a conviction on his record if he successfully completes a substance abuse program/counseling and doesn't violate the terms of probation.

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