A cocaine defendant was convicted Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
Barry Busek, 58, most recently of 16C E. Main St., Wakeman, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine in exchange for prosecutors dismissing one count of tampering with evidence. The defendant, who is out on a $20,000 bond, will be sentenced April 23.
About two weeks ago, Busek's co-defendant, Desiree M. Collins, 55, of the same address, was convicted of possession of cocaine during a similar plea deal. Collins, who earlier posted a $15,000 bond with a 10-percent provision, will be sentenced April 3.
The Huron County Sheriff's Office had received a tip the pair 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.
"Crack cocaine was found inside the vehicle," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said earlier.
Deputies, who 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 was stopped for driving with a suspended license.
"At first, Desiree failed to pull over when lights were activated on marked cruisers. ... She appeared to try and elude authorities," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said soon after the traffic stop.
"Desiree admitted to smoking crack cocaine earlier that day. ... We believe she was a risk to other motorists on the roadway," he said.