Conviction, jail term imposed for heroin dealer

Cary Ashby • Jul 29, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A judge imposed a conviction Monday for a woman who violated the terms of her probation and then sentenced her to six months in jail.

Samantha J. Reed, 22, of 15 Fruen St., admitted to two offenses that happened June 5. She attempted to alter a urine sample during a probation-office visit and when she submitted to a drug screen later that day at the Huron County Jail, she tested positive for THC and opiates.

Probation officer Jim Zappa told the court Monday that Reed "was acting a bit strangely" June 5 and officers determined she had a device used to introduce a foreign substance into a urine sample.

Due to the probation violations, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway imposed a conviction for trafficking in heroin. The fifth-degree felony is for a Nov. 19, 2012 incident.

Conway sentenced Reed to six months in jail and ruled she would be unsuccessfully kicked off probation once she completes a prison term for another, unspecified charge. The pending sentence is part of a joint recommendation between prosecutors and Huron County Public Defender David Longo; Reed is supposed to appear in court Wednesday to plead guilty to an unspecified charge on a bill of information. That means she agrees to waive the right to have the case presented to a grand jury for a possible indictment.

On July 2, 2013, the court granted Reed intervention in lieu of conviction. That means if she successfully completed an approved substance abuse program and didn't violate the terms of her community control sanctions, she wouldn't have a conviction on her record.

During her probation through common pleas court, she received a sanction through Norwalk Municipal Court for testing positive for THC and opiates during an office visit, Zappa said.

In June, Conway ordered Reed to be screened for possible acceptance into a community-based corrections facility. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

However, at the beginning of Monday's hearing, Conway said Reed indicated she wasn't interested in participating and preferred being imprisoned.

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