Drug thief accepted into CBCF

Cary Ashby • May 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A drug thief is eager to spend four to six months in a locked-down, substance abuse treatment facility.

Minniebelle A. Yates, 31, of 79 N. Railroad St., New London, has been accepted into a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"It's good to see you have a good attitude," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told her at Monday's hearing.

Yates admitted to violating her probation by testing positive March 19 for opiates, THC and oxycodone.

Her probation officer told the judge that Yates had two positive drug screens one week; those drugs included marijuana, opiates and oxycodone. During the March 12 incident, Yates said she had a prescription, but she couldn't produce paperwork at the time and on March 19, Yates said she took a Percocet "from her source," the officer said.

Following the state's recommendation, Conway ruled Yates would continue to be on three years of intense probation and spend four to six months in a CBCF. The judge told her thought the CBCF would be "a good opportunity" for her and hoped her positive attitude would continue. When sentencing Yates in early March, Conway had stressed to her she faced "some form of in-house incarceration" if she tested positive for drugs.

Yates, in mid-January, 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.

As a Huron County sheriff's deputy escorted Yates out of the courtroom Monday, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff wished her luck.

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