Norwalk drug dealer avoids jail time, gets probation

Defendant: "I do have a mental problem."
Cary Ashby
Jun 15, 2014

 

"I do have a very bad alcohol problem. I do have a mental problem."

That's what convicted drug dealer Albert W. Figley, 33, told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway during his recent sentencing hearing.

"Because I'm a little messed up in the head, they wouldn't accept me," Figley said about being rejected by Teen Challenge officials.

Teen Challenge is a Christian-based program for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions and takes 12 to 14 months to complete. Attorneys said Figley has struggled with mental health and substance abuse issues and his "lengthy adult criminal history" includes alcohol-related misdemeanors, but also an out-of-state felony conviction.

Figley, in late April, pleaded guilty to trafficking in hydrocodone.

"It's a sad situation. ... It was his own medication," said Huron County Public Defender David Longo, referring to the Dec. 13 controlled drug buy.

Norwalk police officers seized the drugs that were sold, Longo said, and then also seized the rest of Figley's medication to have it tested as well.

The defendant must reimburse police $80 to cover the cost of drug testing. Also as part of his three years of intensive probation, Figley must obtain his GED, continue undergoing psychological counseling, take his medication as prescribed and was fined $250.

"You need to have some significant substance abuse counseling," Conway told Figley.

The judge also said the defendant he needs to have some skills to make him employable, so spending four to six months in community-based corrections facility would be helpful. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Conway told Figley that misusing or selling his own medication hasn't worked out well for him.

If Figley violates his probation, he faces one year in prison. He will remain in the Huron County Jail until he is screened for possible acceptance into a CBCF.

Comments

J Cooper

Yet another DRUG DEALER walking compliments of Conway. The defendant stated "Because I'm a little messed up in the head, they wouldn't accept me," Convenient excuse to being a dealer and getting away with it.

NLRob

The mastermind is off the streets, rejoice Huron County, the black tar plague is over, oh wait, nope!!!

starryeyes83

Being a criminal idiot is not a mental problem ; it is a permanent condition.

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TKeegan73

Seems like maybe someone is getting a kick-back from sending people to CBCF??? That's all I see on Huron County's Docket is drug dealers and drug abusers getting sent to CBCF but yet you read other County's Dockets and the same charges are sending people to jail for 60+ days or off to prison for at least 18 months. Something smells funny in Huron County and it isn't the Landfill.......

Windy

I agree!

Gdusty86

Our jails our overcrowded and unless he's a main supplier they won't do any time ,hopefully the program can help rehabilitate him .

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mikeylikesit

i agree.

jbugs7

He at it again, the master mind of all. He will do anything to get what he wants. Albert it not all about you any more. In and out jail and W VA Prison and nut houses. you hit every hosp., across the states just to get pain killers. He needs to be put in a mental hosp., or prison and throw the key away. and also leave your ex-wife and children alone. stop hunting them.