Woman pleads guilty to illegal conveyance

LISBON — A 51-year-old Youngstown woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to charges she had marijuana in her pocket when she went to visit someone at the Elkton Federal Corrections Institution.

Artara Heriot was charged with illegal conveyance of prohibited items onto the grounds of a detention facility. Assistant County Prosecutor Ryan Weikart said Heriot had 1.5 grams of marijuana in her pocket when she was processed for the inmate visitation in September 2015. It is believed she may have forgotten the drugs were in there.

During the hearing, Heriot initially pleaded not guilty, then when questioned further admitted she did it and changed her plea to guilty.

Both Weikart and defense attorney Kelly Linger said Heriot has no prior criminal record.

A presentencing investigation will be conducted prior to her Jan. 30 sentencing hearing. Weikart said if Heriot is not charged with any additional crimes before then, he would be willing to recommend to Judge C. Ashley Pike a sentence of three years community control with mandatory random drug testing.

The charge is a third-degree felony, which can garner up to a three-year prison term.