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Judge grants drug defendant intervention and treatment

Cary Ashby • Jun 2, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A former Willard man could avoid a conviction on two drug charges if he successfully completes a certified substance abuse treatment program and doesn't violate his probation.

Columbus resident Jeremy D. Robinson, 23, must reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $120 during his three years of intensive probation. The restitution covers the cost of drug testing. Robinson, who is subject to random drug screens, also must verify/and or obtain his GED.

Robinson and his former girlfriend, Arielle A. Aldrich, 23, now of Indiana, were arrested Oct. 16 when the sheriff's office plus the Willard and Monroeville police departments conducted an investigation about suspected drug trafficking.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said deputies had set up a controlled buy and the seller was Aldrich.

"She acknowledged the two of them used heroin and were involved in this endeavor," Kasper said.

The buy-bust happened on Walton Avenue in Willard. Authorities have said Aldrich sold two bindles of heroin to the confidential informant and was arrested near where the transaction happened. Investigators seized numerous syringes and other suspected drug paraphernalia during a search of Aldrich's then-Myrtle Avenue residence. Police contacted Huron County Children Services because Aldrich and Robinson's infant son lived there.

In Robinson's bedroom, officers found suspected heroin, some cotton and bindles, Kasper said. The prosecutor said a lab test determined there were trace amounts of heroin and cocaine in the cotton.

"He was cooperative with officers. He admitted he had used heroin (Oct. 16)," Kasper added.

Robinson is charged with one count each of possession of cocaine and possession of heroin. He appeared in Huron County Common Pleas Court for a hearing about intervention Thursday. Judge Jim Conway granted Robinson intervention and ruled the defendant had started treatment on his own.

In mid-March, Aldrich pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed one count each of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine. Aldrich, who is out on bond despite not appearing her pre-sentence interview twice, will be sentenced June 19.

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