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Drunken incident leads to prison term for drug defendant

Cary Ashby • Aug 28, 2014 at 11:05 PM

A drug defendant received a 14-month prison term Monday for multiple violations of his probation.

Devin S. Espinoza, 28, most recently of 18 Laurel Lane, committed many of the offenses July 12 when he entered a bar, consumed alcohol and committed a curfew violation.

The defendant further admitted Monday he didn't tell his probation officer about his contact with the Norwalk Police Department and had a related conviction of disorderly conduct nine days after the incident.

Espinoza also violated his probation in connection with a July 23 positive drug screen at the Huron County Jail and didn't report for office visits April 8, July 8 and 22.

He apologized to his probation officer Monday before adding: "I wasn't thinking clearly."

His underlying convictions are for one count each of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin. Respectively, they covered a Nov. 29, 2012 controlled drug buy and a Dec. 3, 2012 incident.

At Monday's hearing, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said a prison term would be appropriate, especially since this was Espinoza's second set of probation violations. He ordered the defendant to spend 11 months in prison on the possession case at the same time he does 14 months for the underlying trafficking case. Authorities had said Espinoza's original crimes were part of a drug operation in which "quite a bit of drugs were sold and brought into this county."

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