Heroin defendant must forfeit $2,500

Cary Ashby • Apr 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A heroin defendant must forfeit $2,500 seized by authorities.

Steve A. Patrick, 32, of Sandusky, was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in the Huron County Jail on the work release program. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled the term wouldn't start until at least May 9. Patrick also must reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $40 to cover the cost of drug testing.

On Feb. 10, Patrick pleaded guilty to possessing heroin during an Aug. 10 incident when he drove into the parking lot of a Milan Avenue grocery store in Norwalk. Earlier, Deputy Josh Kaufman had received a tip about the suspected drug deal and the owner allowed Kaufman to set up surveillance near the business.

"They (deputies) were in the store when Holly Daniel walked in," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

Daniel, 23, of 2165 Dogtown Road, Monroeville, was the passenger in the pickup truck driven by Patrick. Daniel has been ordered to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse counseling and education. In early November, she pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and later was placed on three years of probation.

"(Kaufman) observed one of the drug dealers and knew there were two warrants for (Daniel) and immediately took her into custody," Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said soon after the arrests.

Deputies then ordered the defendant, Steve Patrick, out of the truck. Kasper said during a related pat-down, deputies found "a substantial amount of cash" -- $4,000 -- in one of Patrick's pockets and .008 grams of heroin in another pocket.

Patrick, who has a lengthy misdemeanor record as an adult, served a prison term for aggravated assault in 2006. He isn't related to the chief deputy.

Since Patrick has a prior felony conviction, he was eligible to be sentenced to prison. However, Kasper said many of the misdemeanors filed against the defendant later were dismissed and said the state still recommended community control sanctions, which could include a jail term.

If Patrick violates the terms of his three years of intensive probation, he faces one year in prison.

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