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Woman held without bond on dirty drug test

Cary Ashby • Mar 22, 2013 at 3:07 PM

A New London woman is accused of testing positive for multiple drugs this week -- 13 days after she discussed her use of narcotics with a judge.

Minniebelle A. Yates, 31, of 79 N. Railroad St., was arrested Tuesday in connection with a positive drug screen at the probation office. She was arrested on a probation violation and booked into the Huron County Jail about 3:40 p.m.

"She tested positive for multiple drugs, including marijuana and opiates," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said in court Thursday.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the oxycodone and hydrocodone in question "may have been prescribed, but I think those prescriptions may have run out."

During a March 6 hearing, Yates disclosed she had been taking some narcotics, but didn't need to do so anymore.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway then ordered the defendant not to taken any of the narcotics while she was out on bond. He also ruled Yates would undergo weekly random drug screens for as long as her probation officer determines it's necessary.

At the same hearing, the judge placed Yates on three years of intensely supervised probation for stealing drugs from a friend.

"I'm trying to get my life back together," Yates had said.

In mid-January, the defendant pleaded guilty to theft of drugs for a June 19 incident. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a separate charge of safecracking.

Yates will be held in jail without bond until her next hearing, April 15. She faces 18 months in prison on the probation violation.

Her father declined to comment after Thursday's hearing.

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