Two sent to jail in muni court drug cases


By Joe Gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Mark Morocco told a municipal court judge Monday it was the first day in 10 years he had not had any drugs in his system.

That still did not stop him from being sentenced to 23 days in Mahoning County jail.

Morocco, 28, was in court on a probation violation from a drug-paraphernalia case in 2012. He said he had just checked out of a rehabilitation center and was clean for the first time in 10 years.

“This is the first day in 10 years without any substance in my body,” Morocco said.

Judge Elizabeth Kobly said, however, he failed to live up to the terms of his probation, when he was kicked out of a drug-treatment program because he was on drugs. Morocco tried to tell the judge he had tried to get help for his drug problem and he wanted more help. He said he had paid his fines and costs, but the judge said that had nothing to do with his case.

“Why do all you drug addicts feel like you can do things whenever you feel like it?” the judge asked. She sentenced Morocco to 30 days in jail, but gave him credit for seven days already served and terminated his probation.

Sentenced in another drug case Monday was Chantelle Croft, 36, who was arrested Aug. 7 by MercyHealth Police at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital after she was caught with a crack pipe and a needle in her purse. She pleaded no contest to a charge of possession of drug-abuse instruments, and the judge found her found guilty.

Croft told the judge she does both crack cocaine and heroin and has been on heroin for 10 years “on and off.” The judge asked her why she started heroin.

“My father passed away and I just went downhill,” Croft said. “I never had treatment. I always get sent to jail.”

Judge Kobly told Croft she is a grown woman and she should be responsible for getting treatment. She told Croft that 10 years is plenty of time to get treatment on her own, to which Croft replied, “Whatever.”

“This isn’t a social-service agency,” Judge Kobly said.

Croft was given a 60-day jail sentence with credit for 15 days already served. She also has a pending felony drug charge in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

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