Heroin dealer sent back to prison

Woman violates terms of early release, so judge sends her back to the slammer.
Cary Ashby
Nov 29, 2013


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.


swiss family

"Since Reynolds is indigent, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway waived the earlier $5,000 fine."

excuse me, your "Honor"and man it is hard to use that term, seeing all of the dishonor you seem to fall for. Did you miss the point that she sold 9 balloons of heroin, and they found 30 more at her home??? she obviously had some money to buy this stuff, and also made some money selling some of these.. no one buys 39 balloons of heroin... they either buy 40, or 50.. so she had money , or has money so impose the $5,000.00 fine... she will come up with the money from somewhere, either honestly or by dealing in drugs again, which , if she does that, she should get herself locked up for a good long time..... hopefully by a different judge by that time..

Ben Crazy

justice served !!!


Awesome! You know it's just a matter of time for these losers to go right there where they belong - JAIL!!

Kottage Kat

To those who would like to see Judge Conway no longer in his present position.
Might I humbly suggest you find someone to run against him which might solve your problem.
Until then your just blowin smoke.

swiss family

well... where there is smoke, hopefully there will be fire, fire in any lawyer who sees the weak judicial system that we currently have now, and decide that they will run against him....and honestly when I say "run" I think anyone who is qualified could crawl to the position, and would still do a much better job

Kottage Kat

Agreed, have not seen anyone walk, run, or " crawl" . This county has it's fair share of lawyers. Have you asked one 2 run? I have and the ORC needs an overhaul for someone to take on the job, looks like you are stuck with what you now have
I tried !

Kottage Kat

We need some legislative initiative first