Sutherland Woman Faces Felony Drug Charges After Search

Sutherland, Iowa — A Sutherland woman has been arrested on drug charges after a search warrant was carried out her home.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the O’Brien County Clerk of Court’s Office by the county sheriff’s office, 47-year-old Michele Pattison of Sutherland is accused of possessing marijuana and methamphetamine. She was arrested on Thursday, July 27th, 2023.

In his statement, the deputy says when the search warrant was carried out, multiple items of drug paraphernalia were located throughout the residence. Additionally, law enforcement officers located approximately 2.5 grams of green plant material that is consistent with marijuana. He says officers also located a combined weight of approximately 6 grams of a crystalline substance that is consistent with methamphetamine.

Pattison was charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana. Since this would be a third or subsequent offense, this time the charge is a class D felony. If convicted, Pattison could face up to five years in prison. Iowa online court records show she was also charged with a class B felony count of the possession of a controlled substance. If convicted of a class B felony, she could face up to 25 years in prison. She also faces a misdemeanor charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, as deputies believe she struck a victim with a baseball bat; and a misdemeanor charge of keeping premises where controlled substances are used.

She faces a preliminary hearing on the charges on Monday, August 7th.

At last report, Pattison remained in the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar in lieu of a $32,000 cash or surety bond.


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