Morphine defendant violates probation, ordered to take weekly drug tests

Cary Ashby • Sep 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A rural Bellevue man who violated his probation must undergo weekly random drug screens.

Scott A. Shuker, 27, of 16782 Township Road 186, was released on a personal recognizance bond after a recent hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He will get a start date to serve 90 days at the Huron County Jail on the work release program.

Judge Jim Conway told Shuker that he and probation officer Jim Zappa were giving him "the benefit of the doubt" for him to remain on probation at the recommendation of the state. The judge warned Shuker if he has another positive drug screen, he faces four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) -- a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education -- at a very minimum. The defendant has an 18-month prison term hanging over his head.

Shuker admitted to a set of probation violations, which includes May 1 convictions for possession of drugs and driving with a suspended license through Sandusky Municipal Court. He also admitted to having a syringe of heroin in the center console of a vehicle during a Perkins Township traffic stop April 12.

The defendant has been on probation since November. Shuker, who was fined $500, was sentenced to a 30-day jail term with work release.

Last September, he pleaded guilty one amended count of aiding and abetting trafficking in morphine. The Norwalk Police Department coordinated the March 30, 2012 controlled drug buy.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss two counts of trafficking in heroin and another charge of trafficking in morphine.

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