A Norwalk woman convicted of selling prescription medication to a confidential informant has been sent to a locked-down substance abuse treatment center.
Rachel Mock, 28, of 40 Oakwood Drive, had her $35,000 bond revoked this week in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the defendant had tested positive for drugs.
Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny ordered Mock to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Pokorny is overseeing the case due to a conflict of interest with Judge Jim Conway.
"I think they are looking at the (CBCF) in Lima to keep her away from her Norwalk people," Leffler said.
Mock pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of trafficking in drugs, both fourth-degree felonies, for a Jan. 29 controlled drug buy. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed another charge of trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony, also in connection with the same incident.
When Mock was booked into the Huron County Jail, corrections officers recovered $85 from her. Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton has said that amount included $55 Mock received from a confidential informant during the buy.
Also at Monday's hearing, Pokorny overturned the state's motion to have the vehicle in the case forfeited. According to Mock's indictment, she was accused of driving a two-door Ford sedan to commit the drug offenses.
Leffler said the judge correctly ruled the title owner, Mock's father, had to have "specific knowledge" his daughter was driving the car to sell drugs at the time in order to have it forfeited to police. However, Leffler said since the father didn't know that directly and Mock doesn't hold the title, the car can't be forfeited.
The judge ruled the car would be returned to the owner upon presentation of ownership, according to court records.
Mock will be on three years of probation.
"(The) first year will be intensive," Leffler said.
If Mock violates her community control sanctions, she faces one year in prison.
She is being held without bond at the jail until she is transferred to a CBCF.