Local man guilty of heroin charge

Defendant tried to hide drug after calling deputies to his home to investigate burglary.
Cary Ashby
Jan 9, 2014

A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempting to hide a spoon of suspected heroin during a burglary investigation.

Michael A. Nolan, 33, of 3930 Ohio 601, will be sentenced Feb. 20 for an amended count of attempted tampering with evidence, which is punishable by six to 18 months behind bars. Since he doesn't have a prior felony conviction, he's not eligible for a prison sentence.

As part of the plea deal Tuesday, the state agreed to dismiss one count of possession of heroin. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said at sentencing the state would recommend community control, which wouldn't include a community-based corrections facility, but would include some "significant jail time." Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, which is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

On Aug. 12, Nolan returned home to discover there had been a possible burglary.

"He called the authorities. They came," Leffler said.

During the burglary investigation, Norwalk police officers discovered a spoon with suspected heroin on it.

"The defendant attempted to palm the same. He put it in a glass of water to hide it from police," Leffler said.

"The Norwalk Police Department confronted him about it and the defendant was very honest about (what he did)," he added.

Nolan, who earlier posted 10 percent of a $10,000 bond, is subject to random drug screens.