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Cops intercept drugs intended for smuggling into jail

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • May 25, 2018 at 10:10 PM

An investigation by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office and Norwalk Police Department resulted in seizing suspected narcotics which were intended to be smuggled into the jail.

Authorities said Thursday’s investigation resulted in the drugs, which were “specifically packaged for conveyance,” being seized and the arrest of Aleesha A. Hardy, 28, of 622 W. Pearl St., Willard. Hardy was charged with one count each of trafficking in drugs in a school zone, complicity to illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility and conspiracy.

Hardy was arrested before she could transfer the drugs to an inmate on furlough and no drugs entered the Huron County Jail. Authorities credited Hardy with being cooperative and admitting to her role in the crime. Investigators said charges against “the other participating inmates” are likely.

Jail staff members became aware of a plan to smuggle drugs into the jail earlier this week. Authorities said inmates communicated with Hardy and reportedly conspired to convey drugs into the facility by arranging a meeting between Hardy and an inmate who was on a court-ordered furlough to attend a family member’s funeral.

Detectives from both the sheriff’s office and police department performed surveillance work and monitored different suspected participants in the conspiracy and the plan to relay and convey the drugs into the jail unfolded.

The evidence will submitted to the METRICH crime lab for identification and analysis. The sheriff’s office and police department are members of METRICH, a 10-county drug task force.

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