A rural Norwalk woman pleaded guilty Monday to having a spoon in her purse with heroin residue.
If Jamie L. Brady, 21, of 4150 River Road, completes what's known as "drug court" through Huron County Common Pleas Court, she will be released early from her three years on probation and won't have a conviction on her record. The program typically takes about 18 months for defendants to complete.
However, Judge Jim Conway has authorized probation officer Dexter Chandler to sentence defendants to up to 14 days in the Huron County Jail without a hearing if they have violated the drug court rules.
Brady's charge of possession of heroin is for a traffic stop on Jan. 15, which was shortly after she learned she is pregnant.
Huron County sheriff's detectives seized a significant amount of heroin paraphernalia, including spoons and syringes with heroin residue, after a police dog indicated there were drugs in the pickup truck during a sweep around the 1996 GMC Sonoma. Detectives had followed Brady, who was the driver, after seeing suspicious behavior in the truck on Snyder Road near Monroeville area until they initiated a traffic stop at the U.S. 250 bypass.
"Jamie made admissions she last used heroin (Jan. 12)," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said afterward.
As part of Monday's plea deal, the state agreed to dismiss the vehicle specification, which meant the truck was subject to forfeiture.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff also agreed to dismiss one count of tampering with evidence in connection with a Sept. 24 incident. Deputies investigated some stolen all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and arrested Brady at a Greenfield Township residence Sept. 26.
Brady is prohibited from having any contact with Phillip J. Faulkner, who was her passenger during the traffic stop. The 22-year-old Willard man is serving a 17-month sentence at the Lorain Correctional Institution for tampering with evidence in the ATV case.