Drug defendant pleads guilty

Cary Ashby • May 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A Wellington man pleaded guilty Monday to having a counterfeit controlled substance.

Charles B. Coleman, 24, was convicted of the amended fifth-degree felony. Since the defendant said he is on probation through Lorain County for a felony conviction of possession of drugs, he is eligible for a prison term of six to 12 months when he is sentenced June 11 in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

As part of Monday's plea deal, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the state will delete the reference of the Feb. 23 controlled drug buy being committed in the vicinity of a juvenile from Coleman's charge. Woodruff said the state also would recommend a community control sanction, which could include jail time. Prosecutors also won't pursue a failure-to-appear charge.

"When the buy was set up, it was to buy heroin," Woodruff said, but when the substance was tested at the Mansfield police lab, it was determined not to be a counterfeit substance.

Last week, Judge Jim Conway ordered Coleman's co-defendant, Angela L. Wargo, 24, of Lorain, to be held in the Huron County Jail until she is interviewed for possible acceptance in the drug intervention program. If she is granted intervention, that means she would be placed on probation and if she successfully completes a substance abuse program, she wouldn't have a conviction on her record.

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