A convicted heroin dealer had her judicial release revoked Tuesday and was ordered to serve the rest of her three-year prison term.
Former Norwalk resident Jennifer J. Reynolds, 35, will be serving about 23 months behind bars for violating the terms of her early release. In November 2009, she was sentenced to three years in prison for trafficking in heroin.
Since Reynolds is indigent, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway waived the earlier $5,000 fine.
On Tuesday, the defendant admitted to violating her judicial release by selling nine doses of heroin to a confidential informant used by the Norwalk Police Department at a Milan Avenue business Aug. 31. Conway said after her arrest that same day, police found an additional 30 doses on Reynolds and she tested positive for opiates and oxycodone when she submitted a urine sample.
After the transaction, police used a warrant at the defendant's then-Chatham Street home.
"(Officers) busted in the door when nobody answered the door," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
Also, the Sandusky Police Department charged Reynolds with drug abuse in connection with a July 19 traffic stop, which was another violation of her judicial release. That felony case is pending in Sandusky Municipal Court.
"She regrets getting back into this mess," said Huron County Public Defender David Longo, who also said when Reynolds "fell, she fell hard."
During Tuesday's hearing, Reynolds pleaded guilty to possession of heroin for the Aug. 31 controlled drug buy and subsequent bust. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of trafficking in heroin. Reynolds was sentenced to one year in prison, which she will serve at the same time as her other sentence.
Reynolds successfully completed a four- to six-month program at a community-based corrections facility Sept. 23, 2011. She went to a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education, after being released early from standard prison. About a year later, probation officers downgraded Reynolds from intensive supervision to basic.
Leffler said Reynolds has an ongoing drug problem and insists on using drugs even though she has a 15-year-old daughter, so he said the state has no choice but to send the defendant back to prison.
Reynolds, who didn't speak on her own behalf Tuesday except to say she understood her rights, wiped tears from her face near the end of her sentencing hearing.
Leffler said the state wouldn't be opposed to having Reynolds placed in Teen Challenge once she's released from prison. The defendant earlier was accepted into Teen Challenge, a Christian based, year-long program for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions of various types.