Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says that 22-year-old Zachery Eon Buckwald of Sanborn was sentenced Monday (9/23/13) in Sioux County District Court for the crime of Prisoner Possessing a Controlled Substance While Confined, a Class D Felony.
Buckwald had been confined at the RTF in Sheldon due to a conviction for Delivery of Methamphetamine, a Class C felony. He was convicted of that crime in O’Brien County in 2010.
On May 6, 2013, RTF staff searched Buckwald’s room at the RTF and discovered a pill hidden in a ball cap under the brim of the cap. Officers determined the pill was clonazepam, a controlled substance available only by prescription. Buckwald did not have a prescription. Clonazepam is a commonly abused prescription drug and is often traded or sold by drug users.
Buckwald pled guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison. The Court ordered the prison term to be run consecutively to the 10-year prison sentence Buckwald is already serving arising because of the earlier conviction. Buckwald was also ordered to submit a DNA sample for DNA profiling as required by Iowa law.