Four suspects arrested on drug-related secret indictments

Cary Ashby • Feb 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM

The Norwalk Police Department arrested four suspects in about 6 1/2 hours on drug-related secret indictments.

The first of the arrests started at 6:28 p.m. Monday with the apprehension of Rodney E. Burley, 45, of 12 1/2 Bouscay Ave. He was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of oxycodone.

Detective Sgt. Fry handled the investigation of the cases against Burley, Thomas M. Papp and Leeanna M. Sigley.

In the Burley case, Fry and Willard Police Detective Jeremy Draper used a search warrant at the suspect's residence in mid-May 2012. Police said they arrested Burley at the time after locating evidence of suspected marijuana trafficking during a traffic stop earlier in the day.

Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton investigated Ashley A. Amos.

Papp, 34, of 114 Benedict Ave., was arrested at 11:08 p.m. Monday. He was charged with trafficking in drugs.

"He was selling prescription pills," Fry said.

Sigley, 32, of 80 Benedict Ave., was arrested at 11:42 p.m. She was charged with trafficking in drugs.

"Leeanna Sigley also was selling prescription pills," Fry said.

Amos, 31, of Norwalk, was arrested at 12:48 a.m. Tuesday. She was charged with possession of heroin.

"She was selling prescription medication also," Fry said. "She was already under indictment for a possession-of-heroin case."

Amos, formerly of Bellevue, has filed a motion for intervention in lieu of conviction through Huron County Common Pleas Court. If accepted, that means she won't have a conviction on her record if she follows the directives of probation and doesn't get into any trouble. Amos is charged with possession of heroin in connection with a Dec. 2 incident.

After arresting each of the four suspects, police transported them to the Huron County Jail.

They appeared Tuesday afternoon in court and entered "not guilty" pleas to their respective charges. The defendants are subject to random drug screens.

A grand jury issues a secret indictment when authorities believe the suspects might flee the area.

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