ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Norwalk dope dealer gets jail time

A Norwalk man was sentenced Tuesday to four months in the Huron County Jail for a marijuana transaction. Lamond M. Carter, 36, of 129 N. Hester St., pleaded guilty Jan. 28 one day before his trial in Huron County Common Pleas Court to one count of trafficking in marijuana. The state dropped three similar charges in a plea agreement. On Tuesday, Judge Jim Conway fined Carter $1,000 and ordered him to pay $350 in restitution to the Norwalk Police Department as part of his three years of probation.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

A Norwalk man was sentenced Tuesday to four months in the Huron County Jail for a marijuana transaction.

Lamond M. Carter, 36, of 129 N. Hester St., pleaded guilty Jan. 28 one day before his trial in Huron County Common Pleas Court to one count of trafficking in marijuana. The state dropped three similar charges in a plea agreement.

On Tuesday, Judge Jim Conway fined Carter $1,000 and ordered him to pay $350 in restitution to the Norwalk Police Department as part of his three years of probation.

"He had a rather extensive collection of misdemeanors, so I think the judge was rather hard on him because of that," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

Carter had no previous felony convictions.

His co-defendant, Eddie J. Johnson, 32, of Sandusky, was sentenced in mid-January to four months in jail for the same Feb. 18 incident. He also was fined $2,000 and ordered to forfeit his 2000 Chevrolet K15 Suburban as part of his three years of probation for trafficking in marijuana.

In a separate hearing Tuesday, Stevie N. Hawley, 21, of Bloomville, was sentenced to up to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) and fined $500 for having heroin while in jail between Oct. 25 and 29. The woman faces a suspended three-year prison term if she violates the terms of her three years of probation.

A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on education and substance abuse treatment.

Corrections officers found the drugs when the inmate used the bathroom and suspect Hawley kept some of the heroin balloons and traded others, a prosecutor said in November. Leffler said Hawley may have swallowed some of the heroin.

"She was digging them out of a toilet and trading them out at the jail," he said.

The prosecutor was unsure where all the heroin went, but he said officers recovered one or two of the balloons. Hawley pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to tampering with evidence and possession of heroin.

Conway ruled Hawley was remorseful for her actions. However, Leffler said the defendant didn't say much about how willing she was to address her long-time addiction.

"He told (he) it's one last chance," Leffler said. "I think we were all in agreement she needed this last chance."