Heroin dealer pleads guilty

Cary Ashby • Mar 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A co-defendant involved in a Norwalk heroin transaction was convicted Tuesday.

Salvador Rodriguez, 41, of Lorain, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in heroin. He faces six to 18 months behind bars when he is sentenced May 8.

Rodriguez has been unable to post a $25,000 bond. The Huron County Sheriff's Office brought him to jail Feb. 20, according to jail records. Rodriguez didn't show up for his pre-trial hearing Jan. 7 and remained on the lam until his arrest.

On April 20, the Norwalk Police Department arrested Rodriguez and his co-defendant, Luis M. Lopez, 25, also of Lorain.

The state Highway Patrol stopped the 2001 Ford Escape driven by Lopez in Milan a short time after a controlled drug buy in Norwalk. Officers recovered the buy money totaling $180 plus a small amount of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Lopez's girlfriend, a 27-year-old Lorain woman who owns the Escape, and their 3-year-old daughter were in the sport utility vehicle at the time of the drug buy, police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said earlier.

Lopez is serving an 11-month prison term at the Lorain Correctional Institution.

On Jan. 28, he pleaded guilty one count of trafficking in heroin in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a second, similar charge with a vehicle specification.

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