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Local man reportedly violates probation 3rd time in 2 years

Cary Ashby • May 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A Collins man is accused of committing his third probation violation in two-plus years in connection with a positive drug test.

Joseph S. Wyatt, 30, of 2915 U.S. 20, Apt. E, tested positive for Suboxone, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said. Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction.

"This is his third probation violation for a 2011 case," she said in court Wednesday.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Suboxone doesn't have an "intoxicating effect" and basically is used to keep people from getting sick.

"It's a maintenance drug," he said.

Wyatt had been out on bond when he was arrested Monday and brought to court. At Wednesday's hearing, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered the defendant, who admitted there was probable cause for the probation violation, to be held without bond until his June 24 hearing.

The defendant has two recent drug-related convictions.

On Feb. 1, 2012, Wyatt was ordered to complete drug court as part of his three years of intensive probation for possession of oxycodone. He also had to reimburse both the Norwalk Police Department and Huron County Sheriff's Office $40 to cover the cost of drug testing.

Police used a warrant April 29, 2011 at a Norwalk apartment and seized 1.33 total grams of oxycodone and $227 in cash.

In late June, Wyatt served a 30-day sentence on the work release program at the Huron County Jail. He tested positive for three drugs and failed to report to his probation officer three times between March and May 2012.

On Dec. 3, Wyatt was fined $250 for a possession of heroin conviction.

A few days later, he admitted to violating his probation. On Nov. 7 at a Huron County residence, probation officers were making home visits when they caught Wyatt with drugs and a spoon with heroin residue. The defendant admitted to using heroin earlier.

The judge kicked Wyatt off the intervention-in-lieu-of-conviction program and ordered him 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.

"He's been out of a CBCF for just over a month," Kasper said Wednesday.

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