Norwalk heroin dealer put on house arrest

Defendant on probation recently tested positive for "a number of drugs."
Cary Ashby
Dec 20, 2013

A Norwalk man convicted of selling heroin was released from custody Monday and placed on house arrest.

Devin S. Espinoza, 27, is only allowed to leave his mother's residence for substance abuse treatment, probation office visits or his job.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway warned Espinoza that his probation officer has the discretion of imposing the 90-day jail term he handed down in early July.

"You owe us 90 days; be aware of that," Conway told the defendant.

About 10 days ago, the defendant tested positive for "a number of drugs," including opiates, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said at Monday's hearing. In light of the suspected probation violation, Kasper recommended the judge have Espinoza held in the Huron County Jail without bond

Espinoza admitted there was probable cause for a probation violation. His next hearing is Jan. 13.

Probation officer Jim Zappa told Conway he had been testing Espinoza once a week. He said the defendant had picked up financial information from Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services, but hadn't scheduled an appointment.

In May, Espinoza pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin for a Nov. 29, 2012 controlled drug buy and possession of heroin for a Dec. 3, 2012 offense. During the plea deal in May, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count of tampering with evidence.

The crimes were part of a drug operation in which "quite a bit of drugs were sold and brought into this county," prosecutors said.

Espinoza has admitted to abusing alcohol when he was in the Air Force. During that time, he said he had been pushing his family away without realizing it.

"You don't think straight when you're on that stuff. ... I got mixed up with the wrong group of people," he told the judge earlier.



27 and living with momma. Seems like the snitch got off easy.


So NOW we have to go to his house to buy the heroin?


No...his Mommy's house.


That's really funny.


He has a job?

Ben Crazy

house arrest? Thats probably were he deals his dope from!


All you negative people listen, people do change I understand some don't but they still deserve help and I'm sure you have skeletons on your closet but since this isn't a perfect world for you then I suggest you get your pistol out load it and do yourself a favor and end your misery that way you don't have to worry about this terrible world!!!


I still don't understand how he got mixed up in that stuff. He was such a good guy when we were kids. I've known devin a long long time and I never in a million years would have thought he would follow the heroin county crowd. I pray that you do change devin and prove these a**holes wrong. Keep your head up you have a good family who cares about you, and you still have good friends that care too.