Suspected drug dealer arraigned on her birthday

Cary Ashby • May 17, 2014 at 6:07 AM

An accused drug dealer entered "not guilty" pleas to two counts of trafficking in suboxone Thursday -- the same day as her birthday.

If convicted, Heather M. Steinmetz, 31, of 4183 S. Ohio 103, Willard, faces six to 12 months behind bars on each of the fifth-degree felonies. The charges are in connection with controlled drug buys on April 23 and 24, 2013. Her trial date is July 31.

Steinmetz was arraigned Thursday, the day she turned 31. She must post 10 percent of $5,000 before being released from the Huron County Jail.

The defendant told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway she is supposed to be accepted into Compass House, an in-patient substance abuse treatment center in Toledo. Court administrator Linda Stower said Steinmetz must submit proof to the court. Records indicate Steinmetz could be furloughed if she has been accepted.

In Norwalk Municipal Court, Steinmetz is charged with tampering with evidence in connection with an incident Wednesday, according to court records. The Huron County Sheriff's Office handled the investigation.

Prosecutors filed the third-degree-felony, which is punishable by nine months to three years in prison, Thursday.

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