Woman granted intervention, put on probation

Cary Ashby • Jun 3, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A judge said a Norwalk woman charged with possessing two drugs has a "negligible" criminal record.

Gia L. Guerra, 42, of 1420 Ohio 61, will be supervised at a high level during her two years of basic probation. She was ordered Monday to reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $70 to cover the cost of drug testing.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said Guerra could face 10 days without a hearing in the Huron County Jail if she violates the terms of intervention in lieu of being convicted. That means if Guerra successfully completes a certified substance abuse program, she won't have a conviction on her record.

Guerra is enrolled at Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services.

"She is making progress on that," defense attorney Paul Dolce said.

Guerra is charged with one count each of possession of oxycodone and possession of hydromorphone. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said authorities seized .4 grams of oxycodone and .23 grams of hydromorphone during a Nov. 16 consent search of the defendant's purse.

"I'm sorry for what I did," said Guerra, who wants to get her "life together" and raise her children.

Conway told her if she stays on the same path she should be successful and likely won't be back in court. Guerra earlier served nine days in jail.

Guerra was taken into custody by Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin and Deputy Josh Kaufman, along with Erie County deputies at a Milliman Road residence. Querin said the investigation had been ongoing since November.

State liquor control agents also assisted.

Guerra is an employee at an Ohio 61 business.

"At the establishment, there were signs of prescription-pill abuse," Querin said. "We were able to seize numerous prescriptions pills Gia did not have a prescription for."

Querin said deputies found Guerra hiding under blankets at the Milliman Road residence upon her arrest.

Guerra was transported to the Huron County Jail.

Liquor control agents are also investigating Guerra on several possible liquor violations at the establishment, Querin said.

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