A Norwalk man convicted of trafficking in heroin was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail with possible work release privileges. He was also sentenced to serve another 60 days in the future at the probation department's discretion.
Jason J. Taylor, 36, of 5173 Tomahawk Drive, pleaded guilty in June to trafficking in heroin. The controlled drug buy occurred on Nov. 18.
"In exchange for that (plea), we agree to dismiss count two," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff has said, referring to trafficking in Fentanyl.
Taylor sold .08 grams of heroin to a confidential informant, the prosecutor told Judge Jim Conway.
"The sale was made in the vicinity of a juvenile," Woodruff said.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said that since this is Taylor's first felony, he wasn't eligible for a prison sentence. Under Ohio law, first-time drug traffickers convicted of a fourth-degree or fifth-degree felony are not eligible for prison, Kasper said. She added in light of the available sanctions, the state is satisfied with the penalties Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway handed down.
Kasper said jail officials will determine whether Taylor is eligible for work release.
Conway also fined Taylor $1,000, ordered him to pay $80 to cover the cost of drug testing and suspended his driver's license for six months.