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Heroin dealer pleads guilty to amended felony

Cary Ashby • Apr 6, 2014 at 6:07 AM

A Bellevue man pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling heroin to a confidential informant.

Daniel P. Ruffing, 28, of 3083 Ohio 4, was convicted of an amended count of trafficking in heroin. As part of a plea deal, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the state dismissed the part of Ruffing's indictment which alleged he committed the April 16 offense in the vicinity of a school. That lowered the charge from a fourth-degree felony to a fifth-degree felony.

The defendant sold .1 gram of heroin to a confidential informant during a controlled purchase, Woodruff said.

Ruffing was released from the Huron County Jail on a personal recognizance bond after his Jan. 21 arraignment. That means he signed a court document promising he would return for future hearings without having to pay any money.

Since Ruffing doesn't have any prior felony convictions, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told him he likely will be placed on probation instead of a prison term. His community control sanctions could include six to 12 months in jail. Ruffing will be sentenced May 15.

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