2014-09-11 / Community

Ubly woman admits selling heroin

By Kelly Krager
Editor • kkrager@mihomepaper.com • 810-245-9343

Tracy Janik Tracy Janik HURON COUNTY — A 35-year-old Ubly woman faces up to 20 years in prison for selling heroin in Bad Axe.

Tracy Lee Janik wore an orange jailhouse jumpsuit as she pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of delivering less than 50 grams of heroin. In a second file, she also pleaded guilty to illegally using a financial transaction device, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

A conviction of heroin delivery also carries a fine of up to $20,000, said Huron County Circuit Court Judge M. Richard Knoblock.

Janik admitted she sold two packets of heroin for $100 to an individual who contacted her seeking the drug. Additionally, she said she used a friend’s debit card without permission to withdraw $500 from Signature Bank on N. Van Dyke Road in Colfax Township.

Bond had been set by the district court at $3,500 cash for the drug charge and $3,500 personal recognizance for the theft. Defense attorney Julienne Ferris said Janik has been in jail for two months and asked Knoblock to release her on her own recognizance.

Huron County Prosecutor Timothy J. Rutkowski said he would leave bond to the court’s discretion, but pointed out that Janik was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor fraud in August, 2013.

Knoblock questioned Janik about her ability to pay any money toward bond, and she responded that she has no money.

“You don’t have any family to put up money for you?” he asked, and she shook her head.

“They all wrote you off,” he said.

Janik nodded almost imperceptibly as tears filled her eyes.

Knoblock agreed to change the cash bond to personal recognizance, but he reminded Janik that she could owe the county a total of $7,000 if she misses a court date or violates any bond conditions.

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