'Stumbling somewhat incoherent' woman charged with bringing pills into jail

Cary Ashby • Jun 30, 2014 at 9:09 AM

A woman is accused of bringing prescription pills into the jail after returning from work release.

Heather M. D'Angelo, 29, of 8 Minard Drive, is charged with illegal conveyance of drugs. If convicted of the third-degree felony, she faces nine months to three years in prison.

The charge is in connection with a March 20 incident when D'Angelo was serving 30 days in the Huron County Jail for a theft conviction. Jail and Norwalk Municipal Court records further indicate the Norwalk Police Department investigated the Dec. 9 theft and D'Angelo was released from jail March 30.

"On March 20, she (D'Angelo) was in the Huron County Jail. She was released for the day for the work release program," Huron County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

Corrections officer Julie Sutherland noticed suspicious behavior when D'Angelo returned to jail.

"She was stumbling and somewhat incoherent. Corrections officer Julie Sutherland noticed this and took her to the booking area and searched her. Prescription pills were found in her bra. They were in a plastic bag," Patrick said.

"They've been sent out for testing," he said, referring to the pills.

Inmates on work release are strip-searched when they return to the jail and required to change back into a jail uniform.

"When they return, they have to disrobe before they go back in the jail. They are searched each time before they go back into the jail. No outside clothes are allowed in the jail," Patrick said.

D'Angelo was featured in a Feb. 1, 2013 story in which she said was drug-free and had gained back her life following a jail sentence. She credited part of her success to a jail program designed to help people recover from life-controlling issues. To read that story, click HERE.

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