A convicted marijuana dealer will be screened for possible acceptance into a locked-down treatment center.
Former Monroeville resident Blake A. Kapferer, 23, was placed on three years of probation Wednesday and fined $250 through Huron County Common Pleas Court. As a condition of his community control sanctions, he must spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
Kapferer was on intensive probation through Norwalk Municipal Court when he committed the felony offense.
The Norwalk Police Department had received information the defendant was selling marijuana. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper has said detectives set up a controlled drug buy April 8, 2013 and Kapferer sold the informant 3.18 grams of marijuana for $50 at a Norwalk residence.
Shortly after the transaction, police entered the apartment and arrested Kapferer. During his interview at the station, he "acknowledged he sold the marijuana" and his cell phone included evidence of setting up the drug deal, Kasper said.
Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff, at Wednesday's sentencing hearing, said Kapferer, who has a history of substance abuse-related misdemeanor convictions, would benefit from time in a CBCF and obtain the education and life skills he needs.
"The PSI indicates he has been homeless," Woodruff said, referring to the pre-sentence investigation and interview.
Kapferer will be released Saturday from the Huron County Jail. He has been serving a 50-day sentence for a probation violation through municipal court. His original conviction was a concealed weapon violation. Kapferer has said he had a folding knife in his pocket during an early morning incident when an officer encountered him while he was walking.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo said his client has been attending AA and NA meetings in jail when they've been available.