Cocaine defendant pleads guilty

Suspect provided brother's name during Norwalk traffic stop.
Cary Ashby
Nov 5, 2013

A man who provided his brother's name during a Norwalk traffic stop pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of cocaine.

Steven S. Starks, 35, of Shelby, will be sentenced Dec. 11. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered Starks, who hasn't been able to post 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, to be screened for possible acceptance into a community-based corrections facility. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

On Aug. 7, the Norwalk Police Department received a call of a reckless driver on Main Street. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said officers stationed themselves off the street and saw the driver go over the center line several times.

"There was one person in the vehicle. That person was Steven Starks," she said. "He said he was Cody Starks. That is Steven Starks' brother."

Officers found a prescription bottle in Starks' name which contained some Zanax pills and a "white rock substance wrapped in cellophane," Kasper said. Police determined the vehicle didn't belong to either of the brothers.