Cocaine dealer sent to prison

Man caught during "Operation: Crystal Clear" secret indictment roundup.
Cary Ashby
Oct 26, 2013

A Bellevue man was sentenced to one year in prison Thursday for selling cocaine to a confidential informant.

Danny Klein Jr., 30, of 171A N. Buckeye St., failed to appear for his original sentencing hearing, scheduled for Sept. 19.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Klein told him it was an "honest mistake."

"He expected to be a witness in another case," said Longo, and his client thought he wouldn't be sentenced until that case was done.

"He didn't flee the jurisdiction. He was just sitting at home," Longo told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Klein, who was credited with serving four days in jail, declined to speak on his own behalf.

As part of the joint recommendation Thursday which included the prison term, prosecutors agreed not to pursue an indictment on failure to appear.

In mid-June, Klein pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine. The conviction was for a July 20, 2012 incident. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed three counts of trafficking in oxycodone, in connection with July 18, 26 and 31, 2012 offenses.

Klein was arrested April 17 during a three-county sweep coordinated by the Huron County Sheriff's Office, which involved three other sheriff's offices and members of seven police departments. Fifteen suspects were taken into custody on drug-related secret indictments during "Operation: Crystal Clear."

Comments

SeƱor Clown

Sentenced for selling heroin, plead guilty to trafficking in cocaine, yet three counts of trafficking in oxycodone and a failure to appear all dismissed. Back in business this time next year?

jager5

"honest mistake" What, he thought he was selling a box of baking soda? Yes, lets only give him a year so that this piece of trash can help ruin someone elses life, maybe a child. This is what is wrong with society, the law does not take the trash out! A mother was killed on Main St. here in Bellevue, drugs were part of the reason, but its ok. You can't transform/rehabilitate most of these people, yet the ones that actually have some hope for you sweep under the rug. This is so typical and sad. I'm glad when I was a kid, my butt was whipped with a belt/switch, we got sent to bed without supper, or our mouths were washed out with soap when needed, I credit this to one of the biggest reason I'm not trouble, my parents had control.

ladydye_5

The court system, "powers that be"....now tell kids that if your parents discipline you CALL THE COPS, tell the teacher, it is ABUSE! Your parents are not allowed to spank, smack, slap or touch you. No soap in the mouth that is abuse, no swat on the butt, that is abuse. Parents are scared of the kids!

slimwhite419

I believe the judge is giving us a year to pray for him to change.

Taken22

Lol. A year for him to change? At 30 years old and having children, if he hasn't changed yet I don't believe he ever will. Good old town of Bellevue. Drugs have taken over that town and until some real punishment happens, it wont change.

Ben Crazy

I like 22 years better!

slimwhite419

I like the story on the citys new gaslines. How do u like that one?

propman

"He didn't flee the jurisdiction. He was just sitting at home," Longo told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway."
I remember that the claim at the time was he didn't go because he didn't want to lose his job.
He had to be at work not sitting at home for that.
For failing to show up for his sentencing hearing the first time he should have received the maximum sentence.