Coal Grove resident tries to cheat drug test

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 20, 2010

A woman who tried to beat a drug test by bringing someone else’s urine in a condom and a pregnant woman who got, not one, but three lectures on her future behavior were among those making appearances Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Ronda Littlejohn, 38, of 501 Pike St., Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing official business.

Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Jeff Smith said Littlejohn was on probation for a theft conviction in Ironton Municipal Court and was required to submit to drug testing.

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In April, authorities said she was caught bringing a condom with someone else’s urine to the test, hence the new charges.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced her to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and reserved three years in prison if she violates this probation.

Also Wednesday, Chadra Mobley, 24, of 85 County Road 53, Kitts Hill, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count of aggravated possession of drugs (oxycodone).

Bowling ordered her to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at STAR Community Justice Center and serve four years CCS/ISP. He also fined her $1,250 and suspended her driver’s license for 6 months.

Bowling allowed her to remain free on an own recognizance (OR) bond until she goes to STAR, but Mobley was admonished — literally — three times to refrain from using drugs in the future.

“I understand she is pregnant now. I will agree to an OR bond until she reports (to STAR) but I want to admonish her, if she is pregnant, to keep her baby in mind,” Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier, Jr., said.

“I did admonish her to be careful concerning her child and I believe the court will mention it to her as well,” her attorney, David Reid Dillon said.

In fact Bowling did.

“Take care of your pregnancy,” Bowling warned Mobley. “Understand that you will be drug tested. Understand if you test positive while you are on bond that new, additional charges will be filed against you. We’re reserving 11 months in prison should you violate and you understand what happens if you do?

“I go to prison,” Mobley answered.

“Just so we’re all on the same page,” Bowling said.

By pleading guilty on a bill of information, Mobley bypasses having her case heard by the grand jury and the possibility of being indicted, admits guilt and proceeds to punishment.