Drug defendant pleads innocent to three felonies

Suspect was secretly indicted.
Cary Ashby
Jul 6, 2014

 

A drug defendant arrested recently on a secret indictment made his first appearance Thursday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Charles D. Stevens, 20, of Shelby, is charged with two counts of conveying contraband onto the grounds of a detention facility. Each of the third-degree felonies is punishable by nine months to three years in prison. He also faces one charge of possession of hydromorphone. If convicted of the fifth-degree felony, Stevens faces six to 12 months of imprisonment.

Stevens, whose trial date is Sept. 16, pleaded "not guilty" to all three charges, which are in connection with a Dec. 27 incident.

He told Judge Jim Conway he doesn't have a prior felony conviction, but currently is in intensive probation through Norwalk Municipal Court. Stevens also said he has been passing all of his drug screens. However, the defendant wore a striped uniform from Huron County Jail, which is used for inmates with a positive drug test.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper, when addressing bail, said Stevens' criminal history includes "more than one failure-to-appear" charges, which all were for misdemeanor cases.

Stevens, whose bond was set at $10,000 with a 10-percent provision, is subject to random drug screens.

A grand jury issues a secret indictment when authorities believe the suspect may flee the area. Grand jurors issued Stevens' indictment May 16.