A convicted heroin dealer was sentenced Monday to 10 months in prison for absconding the supervision of his probation officer for about a year.
Matthew L. Carter, of 5571 U.S. 20, Lot 49, Wakeman, voluntarily left the Teen Challenge program June 17, 2012. Teen Challenge is a 12- to 14-month, Christian-based residential services program for people of all ages struggling with life-controlling addictions.
Probation officer Dexter Chandler, at Monday's hearing, said Carter didn't make contact with his department ever since he left Teen Challenge. Carter entered the Youngstown facility March 30, 2012, which he agreed to do as part of his three years of probation.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo, during a Sept. 4 hearing, said Carter "was in his mother's home in Wakeman the entire time."
When Carter was arrested Aug. 24 on a failure-to-appear warrant, he tested positive for using marijuana, opiates and two other drugs, Chandler told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
Carter pleaded guilty in February 2012 to trafficking in heroin for a Dec. 8, 2011 transaction involving a confidential informant.
About two weeks before going to Teen Challenge, Carter was charged with menacing in connection with threatening to kill people in a residence at the Riverview Mobile Home Park. Huron County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Shupp and two other deputies responded to a caller who alleged Carter was high on bath salts and threatening to kill everyone in the trailer with a knife.
Carter, when interviewed by deputies, denied making any death threats during the March 14, 2012 incident, but admitted he argued with his mother earlier that day and ingested "a substance that he described as a herb," which he purchased in a store in a surrounding county.
The suspect's mother came to her son's defense soon after his arrest and agreed to be interviewed. She said Carter doesn't use bath salts and he wasn't arrested due to being under the influence of the illegal drugs.
"My son said it was bad stuff because he had friends who did it," Carter's mother said.
In March 2010, Carter was sentenced to six months in prison for trafficking in heroin.