Man gets 3 years in prison for role in Norwalk meth lab

Cary Ashby • Jan 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM

A co-defendant in a Norwalk methamphetamine drug raid was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday.

Brandon W. Henderson, 35, also was fined $250 for one count each of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of meth, trafficking in meth and attempted intimidation of a witness in a criminal case.

As part of a plea deal in November, prosecutors dismissed one count of attempted illegal manufacture of meth.

Two of Henderson’s convictions are for a Feb. 15 incident on Cline Street handled by the Norwalk Police Department special response team (SRT). The meth-related drug raid closed Cline from League to Fruen streets. While at the scene, authorities placed two children, ages 7 and 13, in the temporary custody of other relatives.

On Feb. 24 — the morning after posting a $40,000 bond in the meth case, Henderson threatened “a potential witness in the case,” Capt. Jim Fulton said earlier. Shortly after Henderson’s arrest, Fulton said he planned to secure a search warrant to access the phone so he could retrieve the messages that Henderson reportedly sent.

Henderson turned himself into police Feb. 17, two days after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest. He then spent about six days in the Huron County Jail. Officers were looking for him after the SRT used a search warrant the morning of Feb. 15.

His suspected co-defendant is Jessica S. Bryan, 27, most recently of 13 Cline St. In mid-November, she pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated possession of drugs. Court records indicate her conviction is being suspended pending her treatment in lieu of conviction.   

In a separate case in Huron County Common Pleas Court, a doctor convicted of distributing pre-completed prescriptions for suboxone was granted early release from prison Thursday.

Robert S. Reeves Jr., 68, must remain on three years of probation and has 90 days in jail hanging over his head. His probation officer has the discretion of having Reeves serve part or all of the time without a hearing.

Reeves, in late October 2017, pleaded guilty to 20 felonies. He was convicted of 13 counts of illegal processing of drug documents, six charges of trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school and one count of Medicaid fraud.

Then in mid-December 2017, Reeves was sentenced to 47 months in prison. He also was ordered to pay $69,078 in restitution and fined $5,000.

In other hearings: 

• Naamon P. Bare, 22, most recently of 18 Ford St., pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and attempted escape. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed one charge each of identity fraud and falsification. Bare remains on out on a personal recognizance bond and will be sentenced March 6. The defendant signed a court document and promised to appear for future hearings without posting any money.

• David L. Fligor, 31, most recently of 19 Sycamore Drive, Apt. F, was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days of discretionary jail time for an undisclosed probation violation. His underlying conviction is trafficking in heroin.

• Anthony W. Guzan, 27, of Columbus, was ordered Thursday to pay $1,250 in restitution and fined $250 for attempted grand theft of a firearm. During his three years of probation, he also faces a 90-day discretionary jail term.

• David E. Minor, 48, most recently of 32 Glover Ave., was fined $250 Thursday for failure to register his change of employment. During his two years of probation, he also faces a 30-day discretionary jail term.

• Juliana M. Schvarcz, 29, most recently of 4105 Milliman Road, was fined $2,000 Thursday for eight counts counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug. During her three years of probation, she also faces a 90-day discretionary jail term. 

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