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Heroin dealer put on probation

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 19, 2015 at 8:31 AM

A convicted heroin dealer is on three years of probation.

Daniel P. Ruffing, 28, of 3083 Ohio 4, Bellevue, was fined $250 Thursday and must reimburse the Bellevue Police Department $35 to cover the cost of drug testing. The defendant's driver's license also was suspended for six months.

Ruffing's probation officer has the discretion of when to impose a 90-day jail sentence or can ask Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway to waive all or part of it if the defendant does well on community control. If Ruffing violates the terms of his probation, he faces one year in prison.

On April 1, Ruffing pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin. The April 16, 2013 controlled drug buy happened in the vicinity of a school, according to court records.

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