A Norwalk man has been convicted of selling six Percocet pills to a confidential informant.
John A. Cory, 46, of 39 W. Seminary St., Apt. B, didn't testify during his two-day trial this week in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Jurors deliberated Wednesday for about one hour and 15 minutes before finding him guilty of one count of trafficking in oxycodone.
"I think the verdict was appropriate. I think we had strong evidence against John Cory," Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said after the trial.
"I think Daivia Kasper from the prosecutor's office did a great job representing the state," he added.
Kasper also was happy with the outcome.
"I'm pleased the jury considered all the evidence presented. I'm pleased with the guilty verdict. I'm very pleased the jury took the sale for $60 seriously," she said after the trial.
Cory's conviction is for a June 19, 2012 controlled drug buy at his apartment. The defendant, who remains out on bond, is subject to random drug screens.
The informant testified Tuesday he was in the Huron County Jail when he requested to speak to a detective about buying prescription pills from Cory since he had done so earlier. He was serving a 60- to 90-day sentence for failing to pay his fines for an unspecified Norwalk Municipal Court conviction at the time.
On the day of the transaction, Querin and another detective set the informant up with a wire, searched him for contraband. After not finding anything, they gave him three $20 bills. The detectives dropped the informant off seven minutes after the search and he walked to Cory's apartment.
The detectives conducted surveillance from a parking lot almost directly across from Cory's apartment. The informant had to walk behind the two-story house to reach the suspect's basement apartment.
"I asked him (Cory) if he had the pills I wanted. ... He said, 'Yeah,'" the informant said Tuesday. "I gave him the money once he gave me the pills."
Querin didn't have any prior experience with the man, but testified he was an informant for the Norwalk Police Department for drug sales "that led to convictions." Detective Bill Duncan, who briefly interviewed Cory during his mid-April arrest, testified Wednesday for the state.
"We will continue to step up the effort in arresting people who are selling narcotics in Huron County," Querin told the Reflector.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo didn't have any witnesses testify on Cory's behalf. The defendant will be sentenced Jan. 29.