Local man reportedly violates probation 3rd time in 2 years

Latest issue involves positive drug test; defense attorney claims drug doesn't have "intoxicating effect."
Cary Ashby
May 23, 2013


A Collins man is accused of committing his third probation violation in two-plus years in connection with a positive drug test.

Joseph S. Wyatt, 30, of 2915 U.S. 20, Apt. E, tested positive for Suboxone, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said. Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction.

"This is his third probation violation for a 2011 case," she said in court Wednesday.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Suboxone doesn't have an "intoxicating effect" and basically is used to keep people from getting sick.

"It's a maintenance drug," he said.

Wyatt had been out on bond when he was arrested Monday and brought to court. At Wednesday's hearing, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered the defendant, who admitted there was probable cause for the probation violation, to be held without bond until his June 24 hearing.

The defendant has two recent drug-related convictions.

On Feb. 1, 2012, Wyatt was ordered to complete drug court as part of his three years of intensive probation for possession of oxycodone. He also had to reimburse both the Norwalk Police Department and Huron County Sheriff's Office $40 to cover the cost of drug testing.

Police used a warrant April 29, 2011 at a Norwalk apartment and seized 1.33 total grams of oxycodone and $227 in cash.

In late June, Wyatt served a 30-day sentence on the work release program at the Huron County Jail. He tested positive for three drugs and failed to report to his probation officer three times between March and May 2012.

On Dec. 3, Wyatt was fined $250 for a possession of heroin conviction.

A few days later, he admitted to violating his probation. On Nov. 7 at a Huron County residence, probation officers were making home visits when they caught Wyatt with drugs and a spoon with heroin residue. The defendant admitted to using heroin earlier.

The judge kicked Wyatt off the intervention-in-lieu-of-conviction program and ordered him to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"He's been out of a CBCF for just over a month," Kasper said Wednesday.



Suboxone contains buprenorphine, a partial opiate.Federal regulators now acknowledge that some users seem to be injecting the crushed tablets to get high, that there exists a thriving street market for the drug and that certain doctors seem to be prescribing the drugs outside of the bounds of good medical practices.
Getting High on Suboxone? No script is drug abuse.Public defenders are not Doctors and are either lying or are grossly misinformed.Send the little doper to jail.


Why no story about the "clinic" that prescribes this poison to local dopers right here in town? Giving heroin addicts suboxone in hopes that they'll quit using heroin is like giving an alcoholic vodka so that he'll stop drinking whiskey.


Wrong, Suboxone is abused on the street just as much as heroin. Im sure they will take his word for it though.


He looks a little fat to be on heroin.


I was thinking the exact same thing.....maybe he is just "big boned"?



Brock Lee

he not fat he fluffy


YOU ARE ALL WRONG. It is NOT the suboxone that has anything to do with people relapsing. It is the PERSON. Suboxone can be and is a lifesaver for people who actually want to be sober and for people who use it correctly. So all of you talking bad about suboxone need to keep your opinions to yourself because I garuntee none of you have ever experienced any of this. I take suboxone, and it has kept me sober and off the streets, I take my dose as prescribed and I got rid of every friend that abuses drugs or even suboxone. It is all up to the person, it is not the drug. Suboxone does not get you high unless you seriously, seriously abuse it, and if that is the case then the person doesn't want to be sober in the first place and it is the person you should be bashing not the medication. There are so many drugs out there that can be abused and make you high, it's all up to the person taking it. That comment about giving a person suboxone instead of heroin is like giving a person vodka instead of whisky is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard and is NOT true. You really can't even get high from suboxone, if anyone does its because they are taking an insane amount and it still wouldnt even be anywhere close to a heroin high. People who are taking suboxone and heroin at the same time is not because suboxone gets you high, its because if they cant get heroin they take the suboxone so they dont go through heroin withdrawals. If you have a suboxone doctor and actually go to meetings and practice sobriety and do what you are supposed to and the dose you are prescribed then suboxone WILL save you from addiction. The person has to do things the right way.


All of us aren't wrong.......he is big boned.