By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A Pulaski County judge Thursday warned a probationer to stop using drugs or go to jail.
Anna Michelle Huff wasn’t on the Circuit Court docket Thursday, but her probation officer, Scott Bush, unexpectedly took her before Judge Marcus Long Jr. for a probation reporting.
Bush said Huff indicated she was free of drugs when she arrived for a probation meeting Thursday, but a drug test was positive for Methadone. He pointed out she is under a program that requires “zero tolerance” for drugs, so he decided to bring her before the court.
Bush said he also has had problems with Huff arriving late or missing probation meetings despite the fact she has a potential 19-year sentence hanging over her head.
Judge Long asked Huff if she intends to stop using drugs or would rather go to jail. “It’s your call,” he told her.
Huff said she wants to get off drugs. She said she has three children and lost her father to a drug overdose last year. “That’s what’s going to happen to me (if she doesn’t stop using drugs),” she said.
Judge Long told Huff he realizes getting off drugs isn’t easy. However, he said the decision to do so is entirely up to Huff. He said he could tell she was under the influence just by looking at her.
Long asked whether Huff could get into New Life substance abuse treatment program. Bush said she has to be clean of drugs for several weeks before the program will accept her.
“Try to get her into New Life if you can get her clean for that long,” he told Bush. “If she can’t …”
“I’ll be back before you,” Huff told Long.
According to court records, Huff is on probation for multiple counts of larceny, forgery and credit card fraud.