Drug dealer gets jail term for probation violation

Defendant rejected by Christian-based Teen Challenge program.
Cary Ashby
Aug 26, 2014

 

A convicted drug dealer with an admitted mental problem was sentenced Monday to 90 days in the Huron County Jail for violating his probation.

Once Albert W. Figley, 33, most recently of 21 Chatham St., finishes his three-month term, he will remain on intensive probation through Huron County Common Pleas Court.

He was kicked out of a community-based corrections facility after being there for 17 days. Judge Jim Conway, in mid-June, ordered Figley to complete a term in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Officials with Teen Challenge had rejected Figley shortly after he pleaded guilty to trafficking in hydrocodone in late April. Teen Challenge is a Christian-based program for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions and takes 12 to 14 months to complete.

"Because I'm a little messed up in the head, they wouldn't accept me," Figley said during a mid-June hearing. "I do have a very bad alcohol problem. I do have a mental problem."

His underlying conviction is for a Dec. 13 controlled drug buy when he sold his own medication. The Norwalk Police Department seized the drugs involved in the transaction with a confidential informant plus the rest of Figley's medication.

As part of his probation, he must reimburse police $80 to cover the cost of drug testing, obtain his GED, continue undergoing psychological counseling and take his medication as prescribed. Figley also was fined $250. A further violation of his community control sanctions could result in a one-year prison term.

Comments

tipper

The Teen Challenge Program is wonderful. Its Christian based, they instill good values in these people. However you have to want to change, and get rid of your addiction. They dont tolerate drinking, smoking, or drugs. I hope the Willard Teen Challenge for women , is very successful. The program in Chattenooga , Tennessee is run by a Vietnam Veteran Marine . He was also a drill sargent. Now you know he wont put up with any crap.

itsoknow67

Yes but addiction isn't cured by bible thumpers. And that what this program is all about.an addict has to want to change. the programs success rate is very low if that tells you anything. It's just another way for a person to postpone the needed trip to jail and the program to make money.everyone is winning off of this epidemic. What a shame.

tipper

itsoknow67 I dont know where you got your info, but teen challenge has a very good success rate. check it out

itsoknow67

Everybody walks away from teen chalength when they find out what a joke it is. Then come back to the county for re sentencing..

tipper

If they walk away, then they are not ready for any changes for the better in their life. I guess they just want to be Losers, and depend upon government assistance, the rest of their life, and just take up space.