Salem woman to spend 6 months at EOCC, get drug counseling

LISBON – A Salem woman, who was previously unable to abide by the terms of her probation, will now spend six months at the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center on drug-related charges.

Susan L Jones, 52, West Wilson Street, had previously pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to charges of two counts of possession of drugs and one count of drug trafficking.

Court documents state on April 15, 2012, Jones had a scale containing cocaine in her purse along with $197. Additionally, she was accused of having a pipe containing cocaine on Jan. 22, 2013. On Jan. 8, 2013, she sold .7 grams of cocaine to a confidential informant for $80 within 1,000 feet of the Lincoln Learning Center which is located on East Third Street in Salem.

Jones had pleaded guilty to the charges and was granted intervention in lieu of conviction on Nov. 22, 2013. However, less than a month later, motions were filed stating Jones had violated her probation.

This time Judge Scott Washam placed Jones on three years probation with the first six months to be served at the EOCC, where she will receive drug counseling. Jones chose to make no statements prior to sentencing.

Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble and Jones defense attorney Charley Kidder both agreed with the recommendation given by Gamble. Jones will remain in the county jail until a bed is available for her at the EOCC on Monday.