Drug dealer gets jail term for probation violation

Cary Ashby • Aug 26, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A convicted drug dealer with an admitted mental problem was sentenced Monday to 90 days in the Huron County Jail for violating his probation.

Once Albert W. Figley, 33, most recently of 21 Chatham St., finishes his three-month term, he will remain on intensive probation through Huron County Common Pleas Court.

He was kicked out of a community-based corrections facility after being there for 17 days. Judge Jim Conway, in mid-June, ordered Figley to complete a term in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Officials with Teen Challenge had rejected Figley shortly after he pleaded guilty to trafficking in hydrocodone in late April. Teen Challenge is a Christian-based program for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions and takes 12 to 14 months to complete.

"Because I'm a little messed up in the head, they wouldn't accept me," Figley said during a mid-June hearing. "I do have a very bad alcohol problem. I do have a mental problem."

His underlying conviction is for a Dec. 13 controlled drug buy when he sold his own medication. The Norwalk Police Department seized the drugs involved in the transaction with a confidential informant plus the rest of Figley's medication.

As part of his probation, he must reimburse police $80 to cover the cost of drug testing, obtain his GED, continue undergoing psychological counseling and take his medication as prescribed. Figley also was fined $250. A further violation of his community control sanctions could result in a one-year prison term.

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