Heroin dealer sent to prison for new drug deal, probation violations

Cary Ashby • Aug 20, 2014 at 11:35 AM

A Norwalk man with an earlier drug-dealing conviction was sentenced to one year in prison Tuesday for a similar crime and violating his probation multiple times.

Roy L. Staley, 46, will serve six months behind bars for the probation violations after he serves another six months for a new charge of trafficking in heroin. Given the time he was credited with serving already, he will be in prison about 6 1/2 months.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said consecutive sentences were necessary to protect the public and properly punish the defendant, who sold heroin while he was on probation.

Staley admitted to testing positive for heroin March 17 and three drugs May 15. Also on March 17, the defendant associated with two known felons. On June 30, Staley further violated his probation by consuming alcohol beverages, having contact with the Huron County Sheriff's Office and being charged with criminal trespassing -- all in connection with the same June 30 incident.

On July 14, he was convicted of criminal trespassing through Norwalk Municipal Court.

Also during Tuesday's hearing, Staley pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin. The sheriff's office set up the March 25 controlled drug buy which happened in a Norwalk residence. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said a confidential informant gave Staley $100 and received five doses of heroin, with the understanding Staley would keep one of them. The heroin was in folded paper.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo clarified that his client acted as a "go-between" and reportedly didn't receive any money. Staley must reimburse the sheriff's office $35 for the cost of drug testing.

Staley had been on probation since early October 2012 for a separate conviction of trafficking in heroin. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, had his driver's license suspended for six months and was fined $250. He also was ordered to $40 in restitution to the sheriff's office for the cost of drug testing.

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