Man guilty of selling heroin in Walmart parking lot

Suspect eligible for a prison term.
Cary Ashby
Dec 19, 2013

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.




Glad someone else has noticed the drug activity going on in that parking lot for years.


next they need to get the peverts that sit in there cars playing with themselves,while watching people walkout!




really nasty!


I shouldn't do that?

William Jeffers... a whole new meaning to "can't beat the meat at Walmart".


They sell everything else at Wally World.

hit the road jack

He should be made to wear a Walmart uniform and go around the parking lot and pick up trash and return carts back to store for a month then he wouldn't step foot on Walmart property again.


I guess heroin isn't just a problem in Willard.