A man pleaded guilty Monday to selling drugs to a confidential informant while police were watching from a nearby parking lot.
Luis M. Lopez, 25, of Lorain, will be sentenced Jan. 28 for one count of trafficking in heroin. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second, similar charge in connection with an April 20 incident and remove the specification that indicated he reportedly used a 2001 Ford Escape to commit the offenses.
Since Lopez was on probation through Lorain Municipal Court during the April 17 controlled drug buy, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said that means Lopez is eligible for a prison term. Defense attorney John Prusak said his client is on the drug intervention program through an unspecified common pleas court.
Lopez sold heroin to a confidential informant in the Walmart parking lot, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
"Police were in position to view the sale from the Big Lots parking lot," he added.
The state Highway Patrol stopped the truck in Milan a short time after a controlled buy in Norwalk.
Officers recovered the buy money totaling $180, a small amount of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia during the traffic stop. Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton has said Lopez's girlfriend, a 27-year-old Lorain woman who owns the truck, and their 3-year-old daughter were in the sport utility vehicle at the time of one of the drug buys.
Lopez earlier posted a $5,000 bond. He is subject to random drug screens.