A Wakeman woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to having crack cocaine which she bought in Lorain County.
Desiree M. Collins, 55, of 16 E. Main St., Apt. C (rear), was convicted of possession of cocaine in exchange for the dismissal of tampering with evidence.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said the Huron County Sheriff's Office received a tip that Collins and her suspected accomplice, Barry Busek, 58, also of 16 E. Main St., Apt. C (rear), Wakeman, went to Lorain County to buy cocaine.
Deputies made a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Ohio 60 just inside the Huron County line July 27. Shenker said deputies ordered the two suspects out of the vehicle. Sheriff Dane Howard, Special Deputy Dave Battles and several detectives were involved.
"Crack cocaine was found inside the vehicle," Shenker said.
Detective Sgt. Josh Querin told the Reflector about the traffic stop soon after Collins and Busek were arrested.
"Desiree Collins, who was driving, was stopped for driving under suspension," Querin said.
"At first, Desiree failed to pull over when lights were activated on marked cruisers. ... She appeared to try and elude authorities," the detective added. "She eventually stopped and was found to be in possession of suspected crack cocaine."
Collins, at the scene, was charged with failure to comply with the orders of a peace officer.
"Desiree admitted to smoking crack cocaine earlier that day. ... We believe she was a risk to other motorists on the roadway," Querin said.
Deputies, who reportedly also seized a suspected crack pipe from the vehicle, had the white substance tested at the Mansfield police lab and determined it was .059 grams of cocaine.
Collins, who earlier posted a $15,000 bond with a 10-percent provision, will be sentenced April 3.
Busek goes to trial March 6 on one count each of possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence.