Heroin dealer pleads guilty

Cary Ashby • Mar 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A former Willard woman was convicted Monday of selling heroin to a confidential informant.

Indiana resident Arielle A. Aldrich, 23, faces six to 12 months in jail when she is sentenced May 8 for trafficking in heroin. The defendant, who remains out on a $5,000 bond, likely will be placed on community control sanctions because she has no prior felony convictions.

As part of a plea deal Monday, prosecutors dismissed one count each of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine.

Aldrich was one of three suspects arrested after the Oct. 16 buy-bust involving a confidential informant on Walton Avenue in Willard.

"The defendant sold two bindles of heroin to an undercover informant. She essentially was busted in the vicinity of the sale. She was cooperative," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Monday.

Aldrich's suspected co-defendant is Columbus resident Jeremy D. Robinson, 22, who is charged with one count each of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine. Court records indicate he has filed to be on the drug intervention program. That means if Robinson successfully completes the 18-month program at an approved treatment program, he won't have a conviction on his record.

Investigators found numerous syringes and other suspected drug paraphernalia during a search of Aldrich's then-Myrtle Avenue residence, Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said soon afterward. Police contacted Huron County Children Services because Aldrich's and Robinson's 1-year-old son lived at the residence. Robinson, who had been living at the same place, also was there.

Sheriff Dane Howard, Chief Deputy Ted Patrick and the Willard and Monroeville police departments assisted with the investigation.

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