Woman has heroin conviction imposed

Cary Ashby • May 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

A heroin defendant had a conviction imposed Monday because she violated the terms of her probation while seeking substance abuse treatment.

Former Wakeman resident Elizabeth A. Lee, 27, of Lorain, made several admissions in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

On March 24, she tested positive for opiates. Lee also admitted she missed treatment sessions March 31 and April 2 and didn't complete substance abuse treatment as of April 4.

Lee told Judge Jim Conway she had documentation of a doctor's appointment for the missed appointments, but her counselor told her "she didn't want to hear about it" and told her to leave. The defendant said she grabbed her bag and left.

Also, there was an allegation Lee changed her address with permission. Lee and her probation officer told the court she didn't actually move, but temporarily left the residence where she was staying due to some "drama" involving her boyfriend. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the complaint.

Conway sentenced Lee to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Lee thanked the judge for not sending her to standard prison.

"Then take advantage of it," Conway said.

Lee's conviction is for a June 25 incident. The Huron County Sheriff's Office coordinated a controlled drug buy in which a confidential informant was supposed to buy heroin.

"As the confidential informant returned to the area ..., the Wakeman Police Department stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said earlier. "Elizabeth Lee was a passenger in the vehicle. She stepped out. She was cooperative with officers."

Authorities determined a pack of cigarettes which Lee turned over to officers contained .1 gram of heroin. She must reimburse the sheriff's office $40 to cover the cost of lab testing.

If Lee violates the terms of her three years of probation, she faces one year in prison.

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