Drug defendant sent to slammer after blowing probation

Cary Ashby • Aug 28, 2014 at 11:04 PM

A Greenwich man whose probation violations include failing to show up for a Criminal-Addicted Thinking Group, was sentenced to 16 months in prison Monday.

Dustin S. Howell, 28, of 3764 E. U.S. 224, Lot 11, was kicked out of the group July 21 and three days later, he tested positive for opiates at the Huron County Jail. He also admitted he was convicted July 18 of failure to reinstate through Oberlin Municipal Court and failed to report for multiple probation office visits dating back to April 22.

Howell was credited Monday with being behind bars for 368 days. He will have about four months left to serve in prison.

On Aug. 28, Howell was ordered to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility as part of his three years of intensive probation. In March, Howell was discharged successfully from the CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

The defendant's underlying, separate convictions were attempted illegal conveyance of contraband into a detention facility and possession of oxycodone.

On Feb. 11, 2013, Howell turned himself into the jail on several warrants. Prosecutors said the defendant placed several pills in his body and then hid the drugs under the bed in his cell. A corrections officer seized the pills as evidence.

The oxycodone conviction is for a Feb. 18, 2013 incident when police responded to a domestic disturbance at Howell's residence. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker has said Howell's drug use led to an argument with his wife. He pleaded no contest to domestic violence in Norwalk Municipal Court and served a 180-day jail sentence.

"He's missed the birth of his child. He's never met his child. This is a huge wake-up call for him," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said last year.

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