A convicted drug dealer failed to show up for his sentencing hearing Thursday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
Ryan L. Porter, 21, of Shelby, also didn't appear for an Aug. 29 sentencing date. Since that time, Judge Jim Conway said there has been no substantiation to the report of a "family emergency" which reportedly kept the defendant from coming to court the first time.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo said he couldn't confirm Porter's story either. Longo said his office attempted to call his client, but "we had a bad number."
"All we could to was send a letter to his mother," Longo told the judge.
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he'd heard Porter's mother and/or grandmother were dying in Dayton, but Leffler said the man's story could have changed if he were lying. The judge said he also heard both family members being mentioned.
At the prosecutor's request, Conway issued a warrant for Porter's arrest.
In early July, Porter pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking heroin. The conviction is for a Jan. 12, 2012 controlled drug buy when he sold two balloons of the drug to an undercover informant on Gallup Avenue in Norwalk.
Porter told the informant he got the heroin from "some Mexicans in Columbus," who were wrapping the balloons in dryer sheets to prevent the dogs from smelling it, Leffler said earlier.
Porter faces six to 12 months behind bars.