Norwalk drug dealers sent to prison

Cary Ashby • May 15, 2019 at 9:00 AM

A Norwalk woman was sentenced to nearly five years in prison immediately after a plea deal.

Amy M. Copsey, 32, formerly of 25 Gallup Ave., pleaded guilty May 7 to one count each of attempted engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine. Court records indicate the attempted corruption happened between Dec. 3 through Jan. 28 while the controlled drug buy was Jan. 20.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed six felonies: Three counts aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, permitting drug abuse and possessing criminal tools. Judge Jim Conway then sentenced Copsey to four years and 11 months in prison.

In another case, Robert A. Sams, 19, formerly of 99 N. Hester St., was sentenced May 9 to 54 months in prison. His convictions are two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Court records indicate the controlled drug buys happened in August while the corrupt activity was between Aug. 6 through Sept. 14.

Sams was fined $10,000 and ordered to forfeit $560 to the state. He also must reimburse police $320 for the cost of drug testing. 

In other hearings:

• Donald S. Adams Jr., 34, most recently of 35 Westwood Drive, New London, was sentenced May 8 to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) for trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances. Also as part of his three years of probation, he was fined $250 and must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $40. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. 

• Dustin C. Burton, 34, most recently of 10-A Old State Road, was sentenced May 8 to 180 days in the Huron County Jail for an undisclosed probation violation. After his term, he will be unsuccessfully terminated from probation. Burton’s underlying conviction was breaking and entering.

• Kendra N. Hoskins, 28, most recently of Willard, was sentenced May 8 to a 90-day discretionary jail sentence and fined $250 for failure to provide a change of address. During her three years of probation, her probation officer has the option of when to impose part or all of the jail term without a hearing.

• Ryan L. Rang, 35, of Elyria, was sentenced May 8 to spend four to six months in a CBCF for an undisclosed probation violation. His underlying conviction is receiving stolen property for a vehicle-related incident Oct. 1 involving a Hino van.

• Samantha N. Woodson, 30, whose address was unavailable, was sentenced May 8 to spend four to six months in a CBCF for one count each of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile and attempted felonious assault. Also during her three years of probation, she must reimburse the Willard Police Department $60 for drug testing.

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