Jury finds woman guilty of dealing 'magic mushrooms'

Prosecutor: Defendant dated and lived with informant, but "they didn't have sex until after the third buy."
Cary Ashby
Apr 11, 2014

 

A jury found a Norwalk woman guilty of selling "mushrooms" on three occasions to a confidential informant, a man whom she later dated and lived with.

Heather M. Hodgkinson, 33, of 107 E. Main St., Apt. 2, was convicted Thursday of three counts of trafficking in psilocybin for controlled drug purchases on Sept. 11, 13 and 17, 2012. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway revoked her bond, meaning Hodgkinson will remain in the Huron County Jail until she is sentenced May 22.

The jurors deliberated for about one hour and 50 minutes Thursday. Hodgkinson didn't testify and her attorney didn't present any witnesses.

Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin coordinated the controlled buys. All the transactions happened in or just outside a North Street apartment in Monroeville while Querin and another deputy or detective maintained nearby surveillance.

The informant told Hodgkinson the drugs were for the same guy and he was buying more because he enjoyed them so much, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said.

During the Sept. 13, 2012 transaction, Hodgkinson's 10-year-old daughter was doing her homework when the transaction took place and while Hodgkinson's then-apartment mate's son smoked marijuana, Shenker said. The prosecutor, in her closing argument, said Hodgkinson offered the informant "a hit" of the marijuana, but he turned her down.

In each of the buys, Querin said the informant was dropped off north of the apartment complex and he paid $30 for 3 grams of psilocybin, which he received in plastic sandwich bags. Psilocybin is a solid hallucinogenic crystalline and the main ingredient in what's known as "magic mushrooms."

Defense attorney James Joel Sitterly said the sheriff's office didn't have any video of the transactions, which would have helped confirm detectives' testimony.

"A picture would have painted a thousand words. I'm not hearing a lot of words on those (audio) recordings," Sitterly said.

The informant dated Hodgkinson's then-apartment mate before the buys and later started dating the defendant.

"They didn't have sex until after the third buy," Shenker told the jurors.

Citing the recording of the Sept. 17, 2012 incident, Shenker said Hodgkinson "casually suggested" to the informant she could move in with him since she was about to move out of the Monroeville apartment. The pair lived together for about 18 months after the three transactions.

Hodgkinson's attorney, Sitterly, said when it comes to confidential informants, "you have to get in the bed with the devil" and told the jury this case epitomized that. He accused the informant of not being "interested in telling the truth" about his relationship with Hodgkinson and during his testimony, he said the man reportedly was unclear about the sequence of events.

Shenker, in her rebuttal, said Sitterly provided an "alternate story of what happened." The prosecutor credited the informant with being forthcoming and honest when he testified -- about how he knew Hodgkinson, her former apartment mate and his various struggles with substance abuse.

The informant started working for the sheriff's office in June 2012.

"He worked hard for 12 to 18 months. ... I think there were 26 (controlled buys) in the 12 to 18 months. ... I think there were about nine different defendants," Querin said.

Comments

kittyboo

That guy does all the work for the sheriffs. Lol.

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JMOP

Do we really need to know about their sex lives? Geez Louise!

jaybird

i would say snitches get stitches.but i guess snitches get payed and get to have sex.

rickross2

So the snitch lived with her for 18 months?

Sarrak

You know it may be legal but there is something really wrong with this. I haven't figured out what yet but give me time. Entering into a romantic relationship with a woman you've already betrayed seems to be part of it. Or lack of loyalty if the relationship preceded any or all of the buys? Some combination of them along with selfish arrogance? Indifference to someone who cares about you? If she paid his bills for 18 months it seems even worse. It just seems like pre World War II Germany somehow. Some of these folks should be ashamed of themselves.

rickross2

It's sad

earlduck

how many kids are growing up in homes like this? most of the dopers we see pictures of on here daily grew up in that environment,they just do not have a chance to succeed

Warped

Who could have sex with anyone with a look like she has in the photo. That looks scary