A former Norwalk woman was arrested on an Erie County warrant Tuesday morning moments after pleading guilty to a Huron County drug offense.
Elizabeth B. Long, 22, of 8906 Ransom Road, Monroeville, was convicted of one count of trafficking in heroin in exchange for prosecutors agreeing to dismiss a second, similar charge. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the dismissed charge related to a transaction in the Fisher-Titus Medical Center parking lot.
Long pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony, which is punishable by six to 18 months behind bars. She will be sentenced March 26 in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
The Huron County Sheriff’s Office was conducting drug surveillance. Leffler said detectives wired a confidential informant who made arrangements to buy heroin from Long, who chose to have the transaction take place at the McDonald’s on the north side of Norwalk.
“She arrived. She sold two balloons of heroin to the confidential informant,” Leffler said. “There were numerous juveniles in the vicinity of the sale.”
A co-defendant also was charged in connection with the July 30 transaction.
In late January, Dylan T.K. Mundy, 23, of 5144 U.S. 250, Lot 105, pleaded guilty to complicity to trafficking in heroin. His indictment indicates he used a 1996 Honda Accord during the transaction. As part a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count of trafficking in heroin in connection with a July 31 incident. Mundy will be sentenced March 12.
Deputies in several cruisers stopped the Accord on Pleasant Street just off Main Street.
“We had received information that the two were traveling to Norwalk to sell heroin,” Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said soon after the pair was arrested. “There were six suspected heroin balloons recovered at the scene, along with $120 in cash.”
Deputies, assisted by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, used information from a tip and then went to the 6000 block of Ohio 113 and seized 28 more balloons of heroin with a street value of $1,000 plus numerous Xanax pills, multiple syringes, marijuana and various other drug paraphernalia devices.
About the time Long was about to finish her plea hearing Tuesday, Leffler retrieved Norwalk Police Capt. Mike Conney from the hallway.
Leffler told Judge Jim Conway the officer was there to serve Long with an Erie County indictment and escort her to the probation department for drug testing.
“My office received an anonymous call this (Tuesday) morning that she was using heroin,” Leffler said.
Before Long was taken into custody, Huron County Public Defender David Longo said he disclosed to Leffler before the hearing his client might test positive for marijuana.
“It’s certainly not a plus, but it’s not something we’re looking for,” Leffler told the judge.
Ultimately, Conway ruled that if Long tested for any illegal substance other than marijuana, he would revoke her bond. One of the conditions of the defendant’s bond was random drug tests.