Drug dealer to be kicked off probation after jail term

Cary Ashby • Jan 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM

A convicted drug dealer will spend the next 115 days behind bars.

Once Derek R. Ward, 28, of 3063 1/2 Laylin Road, is released from the Huron County Jail, he will be kicked off probation, having unsuccessfully completed his community control sanctions. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway credited him with earlier serving 65 days in jail.

Ward tested positive for using opiates and marijuana shortly before Wednesday's hearing, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

In mid-November, the judge imposed a marijuana-trafficking charge because Ward failed to remain sober for at least one year as part of the drug intervention program.

Ward's offenses included testing positive for four drugs, including heroin, during two drug screens. He also failed to provide his probation officer with documentation of attending AA and NA meetings since July 17 and on Aug. 15. Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services kicked him out for violating its attendance and "last chance" policies.

The defendant has been on probation since Oct. 3, 2011.

Probation officer Dexter Chandler earlier told the judge Ward did well initially on community control and for a time and tested clean during drug screens.

In April 2012, Chandler said he patted down Ward before a drug test and discovered a device called a Whizinator, which is used to produce fake urine, strapped to his chest. That resulted in Ward being in jail for two to three months. Court officials later learned the defendant wasn't eligible for a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"The CBCF is not interested in taking Mr. Ward since Mr. Ward is not interested in doing the CBCF program," Kasper said Wednesday.

Ward had been out on a personal recognizance bond.

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