Heroin dealer sent to slammer after blowing probation

Cary Ashby • Dec 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

A Willard drug defendant was sentenced to prison this week after violating his probation.

Justin A. Morgan, 26, of 12 Welton Ave., was sentenced to 15 months in prison. He declined to speak on his own behalf Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Morgan's underlying conviction was trafficking in heroin for a July 24, 2011 controlled drug buy coordinated by the Norwalk Police Department.

On Feb. 9, Morgan was ordered to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Also as part of his three years of intense probation, the former Norwalk resident was fined $250 and ordered to reimburse police $120 for the cost of drug testing.

Morgan completed a CBCF program July 31.

At Monday's hearing, he admitted to failing to report to his probation officer Dec. 12 and testing positive for opiates, oxycodone and a third drug the next day.

Morgan's probation officer, Andrea Cooke, told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway that during his recent arrest, he admitted to associating with a woman who had an unspecified felony conviction through Richland County. She also said Morgan admitted to violating his curfew several times.

"He continues to use illegal controlled substances," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

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