A judge warned a drug defendant who is about seven weeks pregnant that a dirty drug screen "will get you incarcerated."
Cecelia A. Parisi, 24, of North Olmsted, was in Huron County Common Pleas Court for her sentencing hearing Thursday. In June, she pleaded guilty to possession of heroin for an Oct. 6 traffic stop by the Wakeman Police Department.
Judge Jim Conway credited Parisi for taking steps "to help herself" with her drug addiction and also said he was impressed by the feedback from her employers about her work ethic. The judge told the defendant she has a "good support system" at work, but he warned her about the danger to herself and her unborn baby if she tests positive for drugs.
"Testing positive will get you incarcerated," Conway told her.
Parisi was placed on three years of intensively supervised probation Thursday. The judge sentenced her to a 90-day jail sentence, which can be imposed or asked to be waived at the discretion of her probation officer. Conway credited Parisi with serving 15 days in the Huron County Jail, but not toward the discretionary sentence.
In addition to a $250 fine, Parisi must reimburse Wakeman police $40 and the Ohio Bureau of Investigation $35 to cover the cost of drug testing and lab analysis. She forfeited the $1,904 seized during the traffic stop.
"She's caring for another life. She's about seven weeks pregnant," said Huron County Public Defender David Longo, who believes Parisi has been doing as much as possible to address her substance abuse issues.
"She's going to (substance abuse) support group meetings. I think she's interested in her own recovery," Longo told the judge.
"All I want to do is better myself so my child doesn't have to go through the same thing I've gone through," Parisi said.
Parisi was the front-seat passenger during the traffic stop when Officer Tom Sech found a spoon with heroin residue in the vehicle.
Also discovered were a used syringe and in Parisi's purse, a Visa card belonging to a male subject, police said.
"There was a makeshift tourniquet made of shoe laces. There was a small piece of folded paper with residue ... consistent with heroin (usage)," Chief Tim Hunker said shortly after the incident.
Parisi has a prior felony conviction through Cuyahoga County, where Conway said he will transfer her probation supervision. She is on probation for a misdemeanor theft conviction through Berea Municipal Court.
"I was charged with this (felony) before I was sentenced to probation," she said in June.
If Parisi violates the terms of her local community control sanctions, she faces one year in prison.