Heroin defendant 'fully aware' of his drug problem
Mar 13, 2014 at 1:04 PM
A Norwalk man who helped sell heroin admitted he has a drug problem.
"I am fully aware of it. I do need some help," defendant Dylan T.K. Mundy said Wednesday. "I really want to finish my semester at college."
In late January, Mundy pleaded guilty to complicity to trafficking in heroin. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of trafficking in heroin in connection with a July 31 incident.
A couple weeks earlier, Mundy withdrew his guilty plea because he disagreed with Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler's statement of the case. Leffler had said, according to the confidential informant, Mundy's accomplice, Elizabeth B. Long, handed her two balloons of heroin and she handed $40 to Mundy.
"When he read that off, I said, 'I'm not pleading to that,'" Mundy told a woman sitting near him in the courtroom Jan. 8. "I didn't sell any drugs. I can't plead to something I didn't do. I'll take it to trial."
Long, 22, of 8906 Ransom Road, Monroeville, pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to one count of trafficking in heroin in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a second, similar charge. Her and Mundy's convictions are for a July 30 transaction Long arranged with an informant at the McDonald's on the north side of Norwalk. The Huron County Sheriff's Office coordinated the controlled buy, which happened when several juveniles were present. Long will be sentenced March 26.
"I'm going to NA three times a week," Mundy said.
Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the defendant, who has been to prison, was charged as "an aider and abetter," not the main offender.
Mundy will be sentenced April 10 in Erie County for two counts of complicity.
"The CBCF is on the table," Mundy said, referring to a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
"He said it depends on what happens here," he added.
Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said the state recommended Mundy serve four to six months in a CBCF, but he believes beds that are tough to come by would be better suited for defendants who aren't undergoing treatment and attending college as Mundy is.
"I'm going to be cautious about imposing a community control sanction," the judge said.
Conway warned the defendant that if he violates the terns of his three years of intensive probation he probably will be sentenced to 18 months in prison.
On Wednesday, Mundy was ordered to spend 90 days in the Huron County Jail on the work release program. He also was fined $250 and must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $80 to cover the cost of drug testing. Mundy's driver's license was suspended for six months.