Oxycodone defendant granted intervention, put on probation – Norwalk Reflector

Man won’t have a felony conviction on his record if he completes program and stays out of trouble.

A man charged with possession of oxycodone was granted intervention Monday and placed on two years of probation.

Joseph W. Cochran, 35, of Bloomville, won’t have a conviction on his record if he successfully completes a certified substance abuse treatment program and doesn’t violate the terms of his probation.

Huron County Sheriff’s Deputy John Vogel was on patrol in a marked cruiser with his police dog at 3:17 p.m. June 30 when he saw the rear license plate hanging on by one screw on the pickup truck driven by Cochran. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Patrick Hakos Jr. said the deputy couldn’t read the plate so he pulled over the green Ford Ranger at the intersection of U.S. 224 and Austin Drive near Willard.

Cochran couldn’t find his insurance card and appeared to be nervous, Hakos said. Vogel received consent for his police dog to circle the truck. Hakos said the dog alerted to the driver’s side door three times and the deputy found oxycodone in a “soft cooler” inside the vehicle.

According to the sheriff’s office, there were 11 1/2 pills and the stop involving Cochran was one of three drug busts made within several hours of each of other.

While on probation, Cochran must reimburse the sheriff’s office $35 for the cost of lab testing. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told him his two years of probation could be shaved down to about 18 months if he does well on community control sanctions.

In another case heard Monday, Micheal-Marie K. Childs will be screened for possible acceptance into the intervention program.

Childs, 27, most recently of 43 State St., is charged with theft of drugs in connection with a July 3 incident. She is out on a personal recognizance bond, meaning she signed a court document in which she promised to appear for future hearings and didn’t have to pay money.

The defendant told Conway she is drug-tested for misdemeanor probation through Sandusky County.

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