Norwalk woman jailed

Cary Ashby • Apr 29, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A Norwalk woman accused of a parole violation who faces pending drug-related charges is being held without bond.

Megan L. Derby, 28, of 7 Adams St., stipulated Monday there is probable cause she violated her probation. She is being held without bond until her next hearing, which is May 19 in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

In late June 2013, Derby was released early from prison. Court officials had said the defendant was "a model prisoner" who did well behind bars.

On Sept. 12, she started serving a two-year prison term at the Northeast Pre-release Center for bringing a prescribed "mood stabilizer" into the local jail.

After Derby was released from prison, she was ordered to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Most recently, Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin stopped a vehicle in connection with having fictitious license plates. The traffic stop happened April 22 on West Seminary Street.

Querin has said Derby, a passenger, appeared to be under the influence of some sort of narcotic. Parole officers Andrea Cooke and Steve Bogner responded to the scene at the detective's request.

"Officer Cooke also believed Megan Derby was under the influence of narcotics," said Querin, who went to Derby's residence with the officers. "We conducted a search at the residence and located numerous syringes used for heroin and a small amount of suspected heroin."

Derby is accused of testing positive for several narcotics April 22.

"She made admissions she was using heroin again," Querin said.

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