Hospers, Iowa — A Hospers woman has been ordered to complete a drug court program for possessing methamphetamine – third offense.
Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says that 40-year-old Pauline Rebecca McDonald of Hospers has been sentenced for the crime of Possession of Methamphetamine, Third Offense, a Class D Felony.
On May 30, 2012, a concerned citizen contacted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office to express concerns that McDonald was using illegal drugs. Officers responded to McDonald’s residence in Hospers. McDonald was cooperative with the officers and allowed the officers to search her home. The search revealed methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. McDonald was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance third or subsequent offense based upon prior convictions. On December 17, 2012, McDonald pled guilty and was sentenced to an indeterminate five-year prison term. The prison term was suspended and McDonald was placed on probation for three years. As a special condition of probation, McDonald must attend and successfully complete a Drug Court program.
Drug Court is a special court given responsibility to handle cases involving substance-abusing offenders through comprehensive supervision, drug testing, treatment services and immediate sanctions and incentives. Drug Court offers individuals facing criminal charges for drug use and possession an opportunity to enter a substance abuse recovery program in lieu of straight jail or prison time. Drug court candidates are drug tested frequently, must attend substance abuse recovery meetings, and make regular court appearances in order to abide by the requirements of Drug Court.