A Norwalk man arrested on a drug-related secret indictment this week pleaded innocent to two felonies Thursday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
Gregory A. Meade, 26, of 318 E. Main St., is charged with one count each of possession of heroin and tampering with evidence, both in connection with a July 8 incident. A Huron County grand jury issued a secret indictment Dec. 13.
"Mr. Meade suspects this was from a traffic stop in which he was a passenger," Huron County Public Defender David Longo told Judge Jim Conway.
Longo said he had no information on the case since it didn't go through Norwalk Municipal Court first and these charges are the result of a "direct indictment."
Meade suspects police found some drugs closest to where he was sitting and "it got pinned on him," he added.
Norwalk Police Sgt. Tom Cook arrested Meade on the indictment in the city about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, who referred to Meade as a "small dealer, said the defendant has been a thorn in the side of local law enforcement agencies for several years.
Meade, whose bond was set at 10 percent of $5,000, is subject to random drug screens. His trial is scheduled for March 11.