Heroin defendant placed on intervention during probation

Cary Ashby • Mar 12, 2014 at 2:41 PM

A Wakeman man is eligible to be on the intervention program through Huron County Common Pleas Court.

That means if Rick J. Yoder, 41, of 4475 Seminary St., successfully completes the 18-month program at an approved treatment program, he won't have a conviction for possession of heroin on his record.

"There was no violence in the allegations here," Judge Jim Conway said about one of his findings.

The judge also ruled that Yoder has been assessed by a licensed provider and being on the intervention program wouldn't demean the seriousness of the offense and would prohibit further crimes.

Yoder was placed on three years of intensive probation Monday and will be monitored on a high level. He must reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $35 to cover the cost of drug testing and undergo random drug screens.

If Yoder violates the terms of the intervention program, a probation officer has authorization to put him in the Huron County Jail for 30 days without a hearing.

"It would be unusual for it to last that long," Conway said, referring to the 30-day sentence.

The defendant is charged in connection a Sept. 16 incident. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said deputies used a search warrant at Yoder's residence and found him with a half gram of heroin, which they seized as evidence.

Also charged with possession of heroin is Marjorie L. Carroll, 34, also of 4475 Seminary St., Wakeman. She applied to participate in the intervention program last week.

On Sept. 16, authorities seized several suspected balloons of heroin, syringes and spoons with alleged drug residue from the defendants' residence. Deputies and officers from the Monroeville and New London police departments used a nighttime search warrant at the defendants' home. Workers with Huron County Children Services also were there.

Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin has said concerned citizens reported Yoder and Carroll traveled to Cleveland to purchase heroin. Seminary Street is located off Fitchville River Road.

"An 11-year-old boy was placed in the care of a family member due to heroin abuse at the residence," Querin said soon after the pair was arrested.

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