Rittman woman gets prison for drug trafficking

A Rittman woman who was on track to have charges of drug trafficking expunged, ultimately was sent to prison.

Maria A. Szwed, 23, 246 S. Main St., was sentenced to 30 months in prison by Wayne County Common Pleas Judge Corey Spitler.

Szwed pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin and two counts of permitting drug abuse, all fifth-degree felonies, and was placed on the intervention in lieu of conviction program on Jan. 21.

But one of the conditions she was required to complete while on intervention in order for the charges to come off her record was to complete the Beacon House, which she did not do.

A violation was filed April 14 for failing to complete Beacon House, according to court records, before Spitler terminated her intervention.

Don Hall, director of the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency, said a search warrant was executed at her home in Rittman in a heroin investigation targeting Szwed and Lawrence Reed II, who was indicted as Szwed's codefendant.

Undercover drug buys were made between April and June 2014.

A child was removed from the home.

Reed pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of heroin, all fifth-degree felonies. He was sentenced to two years on probation and faces four years in prison if he violates his terms of community control.

By STEVEN F. HUSZAI  @the-daily-record.com

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