Man has drug-dealing charges imposed for violating intervention program

Had he stayed out of trouble, local resident would have avoided felony conviction.
Cary Ashby
Oct 10, 2013

A Bellevue man admitted Monday to violating the court intervention program and was sentenced to a locked-down substance abuse treatment center.

Thrane D. Townsend, 35, of 1420 E. Main St., will spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. The sentence was a joint recommendation between the state and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

"He definitely wants to go to the CBCF," Longo said.

Also as part of his three years of intensive probation, Townsend was fined $250 and must reimburse the Bellevue Police Department $105 to cover the cost of drug testing. The defendant, whose driver's license was suspended for six months, is subject to random drug screens.

Townsend admitted Monday to failing to report for a probation office visit Sept. 3 and seven days later, testing positive for opiates. Intensive probation officer Andrea Cooke said in court the man tested positive for drug usage five times since June 4.

Due to the defendant violating the intervention program, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway imposed a conviction for three counts of trafficking in oxycodone. The conviction is for controlled purchases on June 2, 28 and July 2, 2012.

If Townsend violates his probation, he faces 18 months in prison.