A 30-year-old Norwalk resident was sentenced to eight months in prison Monday for selling heroin.
Sean Goble's charge was lessened to a felony of the fifth degree during Monday's hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
On Jan 16, 2013 as part of a Norwalk Police investigation, a confidential informant was given $25 to purchase heroin from Goble at an apartment on 26 Spring St., Assistant Huron County Prosecutor Dina Shenker said.
Goble admitted to the "hand-to-hand transaction" of a 0.03 gram packet of powder heroin in exchange for the buy money.
Because Goble has had no previous felonies, and it's his first trafficking-related case, the state didn't fight the eight-month sentence, Shenker said.
"It would also be his first trip to prison," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.
The judge could have imposed a six- to 12-month prison sentence.
Longo asked the court not to impose the $2,500 fine because Goble's been incarcerated since May and has no feasible way to make money since he will be in jail for the foreseeable future.
Judge James Conway excused the fine but ordered Goble to pay restitution for $40 for laboratory testing. A mandatory driving suspension will be invoked following Goble's release from prison.
A post-sentence investigation was ordered by Conway, during which details of the pending cases in the surrounding counties will be looked at.
"I want to say that (Norwalk police officers) Seth Fry and (Jim) Fulton are drug dealers, too. They're paying for people's habits too. They gave my confidential informant $100 to bust me and what do you think she spent the money on?" said Goble following the hearing.
"I don't understand how they can pay people (for drug information) because what if Seth Fry gives them the money and they go and overdose and die? Would (the police) be charged with something? Would they be charged with murder? I always wondered that," Goble said.
"It doesn't matter if the confidential information can wear a wire on Joe Schmoe but says it's Tom Dick and Tom Dick gets busted but Joe Schmoe doesn't. Does that makes sense? To me it doesn't. None of it makes sense to me. But Seth Fry and Jim Fulton are doing a good job with their confidential informants. They got Norwalk locked down with snitches," Goble said.