A rural Monroeville woman who has a drug case pending in Erie County was ordered to a locked-down treatment center for a local conviction.
Elizabeth B. Long, 22, of 8906 Ransom Road, will be held in the Huron County Jail until she can be transferred to a community-based corrections facility. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
Long must continue taking GED classes during her three years of intensive probation. She also is subject to random drug screens. Long, who was fined $250 Tuesday, must reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $70 to cover the cost of drug testing through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
In early February, the defendant pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in heroin in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a second, similar charge. Her conviction is for a July 30 transaction she arranged with a confidential informant at the McDonald's on the north side of Norwalk. Detectives coordinated the controlled buy, which happened when several juveniles were present.
"There is a felony case pending in Erie County for drugs," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Tuesday. "The state believes Ms. Long needs treatment."
Long is charged with two counts of complicity, both in connection with an Aug. 14 incident investigated by the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Huron County Public Defender David Longo said his client plans to "stick to her guns" and take the case to trial.
Her co-defendant in the local case is Dylan T.K. Mundy, 23, of Norwalk, who has been convicted of complicity to trafficking in heroin. Prosecutors have said an informant handed two balloons of heroin to Long, who then handed $40 to Mundy.
In mid-March, Mundy was ordered to spend 90 days in jail on the work release program. He also was fined $250 and must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $80 to cover the cost of drug testing. Mundy's driver's license was suspended for six months.