Marijuana dealer sent to jail for violating his probation

Cary Ashby • Apr 4, 2013 at 8:23 AM

A convicted drug dealer is spending 45 days in the Huron County Jail for a series of probation violations.

Scott M. Parsons, 25, most recently of LaGrange, will have his three years of probation revoked after he does his time behind bars. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled the defendant's sentence would start Monday.

Parsons admitted to several probation violations at Monday's hearing.

He was kicked out of the court-ordered Job Club program Jan. 17 and 10 days earlier, failed to complete an after-care program for an area community-based corrections facility (CBCF). On Dec. 7, Parsons failed to provide a urine sample, but admitted to using unprescribed Xanax. The defendant, who failed to appear for drug tests in December and January, tested positive for opiates Jan. 10, failed to verify his attendance at AA meetings and didn't make any payments on his fines and court costs starting April 30.

A woman who was in court Monday said Parsons recently made a $100 payment. Huron County Public Defender David Longo told the judge the payment happened before the state filed the probation-violation complaint.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Parson's repeated drug use shows he's not amenable to community control sanctions.

In Parson's defense, Longo said the defendant should be credited for maintaining his sobriety and being on probation "for some time," about nine months, before he got into any trouble.

Conway told Parsons he wasn't interested in sending him to prison because he'd been doing well on probation for a while.

"You know what you have to do. You just have to concentrate," the judge told him.

In mid-June, the state agreed to dismiss a probation violation complaint if Parsons successfully completed a four- to six-month term in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Parsons, in mid-August 2010, was sentenced to 60 days in jail on the work release program and fined $250 for trafficking in marijuana. Before that hearing, Parsons told the Reflector he'd been driving his cousin during the Jan. 9, 2010 incident, but he denied actually selling any marijuana.

"I've never sold drugs in my life," Parsons said.

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