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Drug thief jailed on probation violation

Cary Ashby • May 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM

A New London woman will be held without bond in the Huron County Jail until her next probation violation-related hearing.

Minniebelle A. Yates, 32, of 79 N. Railroad St., stipulated Wednesday there is probable cause she violated the terms of her community control sanctions. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said the defendant reportedly tested positive for "a number of illegal substances," including opiates.

Yates was in court wearing an orange-and-white striped jumpsuit, which signifies an inmate failed a drug screen. Her next hearing is June 2.

"This is the second violation of probation for the defendant," Kasper said.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Yates is disappointed she had a recent relapse.

"She's been pounding the pavement, trying to get a job," Longo added.

One of Yates' conditions of intensive probation is undergoing weekly random drug screens for as long as her probation officer determines it's necessary. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway made the ruling in mid-March, fined her $250 and told her she faces "some form of in-house incarceration" if she tested positive.

In mid-January, Yates pleaded guilty to theft of drugs for a June 19 incident when she stole drugs from a friend. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed a separate charge of safecracking.

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