Norwalk woman pleads guilty to heroin possession

Cary Ashby • Apr 15, 2014 at 9:31 AM

A judge turned down a Wakeman woman's motion for intervention Monday, but she pleaded guilty to possessing heroin.

Marjorie L. Carroll, 34, of 4475 Seminary St., faces a 90-day discretionary jail sentence during her three years of intensive probation. That means her probation officer has the discretion of when to impose the jail term or could ask the court to waive part or all of it if she is doing well on community control sanctions.

The sentence was a joint recommendation between Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

"She's clean. She's working the (substance abuse) program," Longo told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway. "She's doing well and I think she'll do well for you."

Carroll told the judge she has a prescription for Suboxone to get off other drugs. Conway, early in Monday's hearing, said he was denying her motion for intervention due to unspecified concerns. The judge didn't elaborate.

"I have been in drug and alcohol counseling since October," Carroll said.

As part of her probation, Carroll must reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $35 for drug testing. She also was fined $250 and must finish getting her GED. Carroll also had her driver's license suspended for six months. If she violates the terms of her community control sanctions, she faces one year in prison.

Authorities found one-tenth of a gram of heroin in Carroll's purse Sept. 16, Woodruff said. The sheriff's office and officers from the Monroeville and New London police departments used a nighttime search warrant at her home. Workers with Huron County Children Services also were there.

Authorities seized several suspected balloons of heroin plus syringes and spoons with possible drug residue from the residence.

Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin has said concerned citizens reported two Seminary Street residents traveled to Cleveland to purchase heroin. Seminary Street is located off Fitchville River Road.

"An 11-year-old boy was placed in the care of a family member due to heroin abuse at the residence," Querin said soon after the incident.

Carroll's attorney said she faces a pending case through Huron County Juvenile Court related to the same incident.

Also arrested Sept. 16 was Rick J. Yoder, 41, also most recently of 4475 Seminary St., Wakeman. On March 13, the court granted him intervention, meaning he won't have a conviction on his record if he successfully completes substance abuse treatment. Yoder, who is charged with possession of heroin, is on three years of intensive probation.

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