Creston woman to serve jail time for trafficking heroin
WOOSTER -- A Creston woman was sentenced to jail for trafficking in heroin.
Sarah Williams, 30, of 794 E. Sterling Road, was sentenced last week in Wayne County Common Pleas Court to 60 days in Wayne County Jail and two years of community control on one count of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony.
In exchange for Williams' guilty plea, three other counts of trafficking heroin were dropped.
Williams also was ordered to complete the Stark Regional Community Correction Center program if she qualified, and repay the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency $350 in restitution.
The charge stems from drug buys Medway made between February and June of last year from Williams. A codefendant, Michelle Mueller, 30, of Doylestown, was indicted for trafficking on one of the buys with Williams.
Mueller is scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing Wednesday.
Both Williams and her attorney said the drug dealing was to support her substance abuse issues and she was willing to get treatment.
Assistant Prosecutor Jodie Schumacher said there was no doubt Williams' substance abuse played a role. But she questioned her resolve to get help, as Williams has tested positive for drugs and previous help hasn't worked.
Schumacher asked Williams be placed in Stark Regional for inpatient treatment.
Judge Mark K. Wiest agreed.
"(I feel) you are only motivated by the fact that you have an indictment (against you)," the judge said at the March 26 sentencing hearing. "The prosecutor hit the nail on the head" about needing inpatient treatment for her addiction.
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