Drug dealers charged with probation violations

Cary Ashby • Aug 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Two convicted drug dealers have said there is probable cause they violated their respective probations.

Former Norwalk resident Albert W. Figley, 33, and Jason J. Patterson, 29, of Shelby, will be held without bond until their separate hearings Aug. 25 in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Figley's underlying conviction is trafficking in hydrocodone. Norwalk police officers seized his medication he sold during the Dec. 13 controlled drug buy.

He was kicked out of a community-based corrections facility in Medina County. Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Figley was terminated from the four- to six-month program due to "problems with his meds" and acknowledged it was amazing CBCF officials accepted his client in the first place. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

In mid-June, Figley told Judge Jim Conway he as "a very bad alcohol problem" and has struggled with mental health issues. Earlier, Teen Challenge officials declined to accept him. Teen Challenge is a Christian-based program for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions and takes 12 to 14 months to complete.

Patterson, a former Willard resident, received a 90-day jail sentence in late October. He had pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin for a Dec. 28, 2012 controlled buy coordinated by the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

"He stopped reporting into his probation officer after he was convicted," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said during Thursday's hearing. "Just (Wednesday) he tested positive for opiates."

Patterson will be screened for possible acceptance into a CBCF while he awaits his next hearing.

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