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Norwalk man pleads guilty to bringing someone else's urine for drug test

Cary Ashby • Sep 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A Norwalk man who brought someone else's urine to a drug screen was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in the Huron County Jail.

Robert A. Larson, 28, of 336 E. Ohio 61, was ordered to go to the jail to arrange a report date since he will be applying for the work release program.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway also ruled Larson's probation officer can impose another 90-day sentence at her discretion for a set of probation violations. If the defendant does well on three years of intensive probation, she can request the judge dismiss the jail term.

Larson earlier had been granted intervention in lieu of being convicted. Due to the probation violations, Conway imposed a conviction for trafficking in marijuana. The Norwalk Police Department coordinated the Jan. 29, 2011 controlled drug buy.

"The defendant made an attempt at the intervention-in-lieu program," said Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker, who noted it only lasted a short time.

Probation officer Andrea Cooke addressed Larson's time of intensive probation with the court Tuesday. She said Larson has tested positive for drug usage five times since being placed on probation in late November and didn't undergo court-ordered substance abuse counseling.

"He also tested positive today (Tuesday) for opiate use," Cooke told the judge.

Larson pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted tampering with evidence.

On June 17, the defendant reported to the probation office for a scheduled visit. Attorneys said Larson brought in someone else's urine for a drug screen, surrendered a child-size bottle to probation officers and then tested positive for marijuana and another drug at the jail.

The positive drug screen was a probation violation. Also at Tuesday's hearing, he admitted to failing to make monthly payments on his court costs and fines since Nov. 28.

Larson must pay $40 in restitution to police for the cost of drug testing and was fined a total of $500.

If he violates the terms of his probation, he faces 30 months in prison.

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