Heroin defendant 'has spent decades in prison'

Authorities received information that man reportedly has been providing multiple people with drugs in the Huron County Jail.
Cary Ashby
Jan 11, 2014


A drug defendant who is on parole through another county was arraigned on multiple local felonies Wednesday.

Former Willard resident Matthew Sweet Sr., 56, entered "not guilty" pleas to five charges in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

He faces three counts of trafficking in heroin in connection with incidents on Aug. 21, 23 and Sept. 3. He also is charged with possession of heroin and tampering with evidence, both stemming from a Sept. 9 offense.

Sweet, who reports being homeless, told Judge Jim Conway he has multiple felony convictions. He is on parole through Richland County Common Pleas Court, but he didn't indicate what his underlying conviction is.

"The defendant has a rather extensive criminal history," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. "I think he has spent decades in prison."

Leffler also said authorities had received information that Sweet reportedly has been providing multiple people with drugs in the Huron County Jail.

Sweet is charged with one count of illegal conveyance of drugs in connection with an incident Saturday, according to Norwalk Municipal Court records. If convicted of the third-degree felony, he faces nine months to three years in prison. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

His trial date on the other five felonies is April 1. Sweet must post a $20,000 bond before being released from jail.



He is homeless because the drugs made him hit rock bottom. He don't need just jail time but rehab too.

Estrella Damm

I believe that Conway will send him to CBCF for a week, then let him go because he said he was sorry.


Just more proof you can't rehabilitate these people...


he could be a cult leader with those marshal Applewhite blue eyes. anybody feel like catching a comet?


He's kind of a "Breaking Bad' looking dude. Air transport him to East Cleveland and parachute him to the ground.