A convicted drug dealer has said there is probable cause he violated his probation in connection with a positive drug test.
Norwalk Thomas L. Senich, 57, of 3 Lee Ave., is accused of testing positive for cocaine and another drug. Huron County Chief Assistant Public Defender T. Douglas Clifford said it's possible his client's medication created a "false positive," but added he would need to do more research on the matter.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said the state is reviewing a report of Senich being accused of tampering with a urine sample. She requested the court have the defendant held without bond until his next hearing, Oct. 28.
Clifford urged the court to consider placing Senich on electronically-monitored house arrest so he could keep his job.
Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled Senich would be held without bond, saying the defendant would be a risk to himself and the community if he were out of jail.
Senich's underlying conviction is trafficking in hydrocodone. The Norwalk Police Department coordinated the Feb. 23, 2012 controlled drug buy.
As part of his three years of probation, Senich was fined $1,500 and must reimburse police $80 to cover the cost of drug testing. He also had his driver's license suspended for six months.
Senich also was ordered to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.