Heroin dealer gets prison time

Judge gives maximum sentence to Norwalk man with lengthy criminal history.
Cary Ashby
Jan 9, 2014

 

A convicted drug dealer with a lengthy criminal history received the maximum sentence Tuesday for selling heroin to a confidential informant.

Edward E. Blair, 37, most recently of 52 W. League St., was sentenced to one year in prison -- the maximum amount for trafficking in heroin. The fifth-degree felony conviction is for a March 8 controlled drug purchase.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said the maximum sentence was needed to protect the public and would be an appropriate punishment for Blair.

"Your record indicates any time you're out on the street, you commit new offenses," the judge said.

Blair's previous felony convictions include burglary, illegal conveyance of drugs and having weapons under disability.

"He has a criminal history going back 20 years," said Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper, referring to Blair's record as "one of the most significant criminal histories to come before the court."

"Prison is not just appropriate; it's necessary ... for punishment and the safety of the community," she added.

Blair was released from prison in January 2013 before he committed his most recent crimes. As part of a plea deal in October, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second count of trafficking in heroin in connection with a March 12 incident.

The defendant told the judge Tuesday he has a "serious drug problem," including marijuana and heroin usage, which "got a hold" of him. Blair blamed his drug addiction and alcohol usage on the reason for his arrest.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo requested the judge consider a nine- or 10-month prison term because the controlled buy involved a relatively small amount of heroin -- about 2/100 grams.

In addition to his prison term, Blair must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $80 to cover the cost of drug testing and had his driver's license suspended for six months. Blair, whose driver's license was suspended for six months, was credited with serving 62 days in the Huron County Jail.

Comments

llr44851

What a loser!!! Why does it take so long to convict and sentence someone...to give them time to be out on the street selling and ruining other peoples lives,maybe? They need to just lock people like this away for good instead of just slapping their hand and sending them back out to do it again.

Windy

Finally Judge Conway grows a pair.

WASPISBACK

So who actually has a "pair"? Conway gave him a year but accepted a plea of dropping one of the counts so he only gets a year! 63 different counts on his record and they give another slap on the wrist. Glad he got the year. My friends can sleep better at night for a little while, maybe. Should have got him on both counts. He'll be out in 6-8 to do the same thing. Great laws....

Windy

At least it wasn't CBCF.

WASPISBACK

That is very true. I guess we can always hope these slugs get more, but if they get at least something like this we should be happy. It's more punishment than usual.

Korrupttown88

He's worthless and always has been. He needs to go away and never come back. Norwalk can at least feel safe for another 10 months. Him and his girlfriend Niki Fertig can be prison pen pals now.

shockedbythenews

WHAT A WORTHLESS SCRUMBAG! HOW MANY LIVES IS THIS PC OF CRAP RESPONSABLE FOR RUINING? JUST ABOUT EVERY SINGLE PERSON HE CAN CALL FRIEND IS OR WAS ADDICTED TO WHAT HE PROVIDED. AND THE CIRCLE CONTINUES AND GROWS.HERION NEVER LETS GO.
I HOPE HE DIES IN PRISON.

Richard Cranium

@shocked- He will never die. You can't kill a dirt bag. They linger on forever and stay on as prickly thorn in the side of society's festering wound.

cooker

I wonder what granny thinks of this again! Such a winner! Should just throw away the key on this one!