Heroin defendant has bond revoked

Cary Ashby • Aug 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A local man who was arrested on a secret indictment Monday night had his bond revoked in two other drug cases the next day.

The Norwalk Police Department arrested Joseph C. Chaffee, 24, of 75 Norwood Ave., Apt. 1, on a secret indictment at 7:18 p.m. Monday. A grand jury issues a secret indictment when they suspect the person might flee the area if the charge is made public before his or her arrest. Immediately after Chaffee was arrested, police transported him to the Huron County Jail.

Chaffee appeared in Huron County Pleas Common Court on Tuesday morning, where he entered a "not guilty" plea to trafficking in heroin. The fourth-degree felony is punishable by six to 18 months behind bars. Chaffee, whose trial date is Nov. 6, is eligible for a prison term because he has a prior felony conviction.

"He was selling heroin while he's out on bond on these two cases," said Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper, referring to the suspected July 30 transaction.

Chaffee has four drug-related felonies pending. He is charged with two counts of possession of heroin in connection with incidents on Jan. 25 and 30. The defendant also faces one charge each of possession of oxycodone and trafficking in heroin stemming from offenses on the same dates. Those cases are scheduled to go to trial Oct. 2.

T. Douglas Clifford, Huron County chief assistant public defender, said Chaffee had appeared for his other hearings and would have come to court voluntarily in the new heroin case if he hadn't been arrested. Chaffee posted a $15,000 bond in the original cases.

Judge Jim Conway revoked Chaffee's bond Tuesday. That means the suspect will remain in jail until his next hearing, which is set for Sept. 24.

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