Norwalk drug dealers plead guilty to separate heroin offenses

One of the suspects skipped his hearing earlier this week.
Cary Ashby
May 11, 2013

Two drug dealers pleaded guilty Wednesday to separate heroin-related crimes.

Kurt R. Miller, 29, of Norwalk, was convicted of trafficking in heroin. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the defendant sold .02 grams of heroin to a confidential informant. The Norwalk Police Department coordinated the March 1, 2012 controlled drug buy.

As part of a plea deal, the state agreed not to pursue a failure to appear warrant. Miller didn't show up for his final pre-trial hearing Tuesday.

Miller, who remains out on bond, will be sentenced June 26. Since he has a prior felony conviction, he could be sentenced to six to 12 months in prison.

In another case heard Wednesday, Devin S. Espinoza, 27, of 93A Grove Ave., pleaded guilty to one unrelated count each of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin. As part of a plea deal, the state dismissed a tampering with evidence charge.

Espinoza turned himself into the Huron County Sheriff's Office on the trafficking warrant Sunday. Defense attorney Reese Wineman said his client tested clean during a subsequent drug screen.

The trafficking in heroin conviction is for a Nov. 29 incident. Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said a confidential informant used by Norwalk police arranged to meet Espinoza on St. Mary's Street near the football field, where the defendant sold five balloons of heroin for $100.

Espinoza's possession of heroin conviction is for a Dec. 3 incident when he was on a Harkness Street porch. Shenker said police were in the process of using a search warrant at a nearby residence when officers saw Espinoza, who ran away and threw 19 heroin balloons into a trash can. Police later recovered the drugs.

"It was in a Tupperware container," Shenker said.

Espinoza will be sentenced July 2. He faces six to 18 months behind bars on the trafficking charge and six to 12 months for the possession conviction.

Both defendants are subject to random drug screens.

Comments

swiss family

"miller" who has a previous felony, who is out on bond, who failed to show for his last hearing,and a PLEA DEAL was made and dropped the failure to appear charge".............welcome to BIZARRE WORLD...!!!!!is it any wonder that they both look arrogant and cocky in their mug shots????? does anyone besides me want to hold a protest in front of the courthouse, demanding real JUSTICE..???

haterwalkme

fry must of pulled miller out of his @ss so he could go to court.i still like to know how he is still out on bond ??? thats right snitches are around are allowed to do anything.

A.W.U

The word of the day,boys and girls is SNITCH! Now repeat after me, SNITCH