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.