PLATTSMOUTH – An Eagle woman who carried methamphetamine with her in her car earlier this year will spend four years on probation.
Lauren K. Dreeszen, 26, appeared in Cass County District Court Monday morning for a sentencing hearing. Dreeszen pled guilty in July to one Class IV felony charge of possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a similar charge in Cass County Court as part of a plea bargain.
Two Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies were parked near the intersection of ‘F’ Street and South 1st Street in Eagle on Feb. 28. One of the deputies saw Dreeszen drive past the intersection in a blue vehicle. The deputy recognized her and knew her driver’s license had been revoked.
The deputies pulled over Dreeszen and arrested her for driving under suspension. They searched her car and found a pill bottle, sealed envelope and clear plastic baggie. State crime lab employees later confirmed the presence of methamphetamine on the items.
Deputy County Attorney Colin Palm told the court Dreeszen likely deserved a chance at probation because it was her first felony drug conviction. He said he was concerned about her chances to be successful because of her recent actions. He said Dreeszen had told probation officials during a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) interview that she was not interested in following several probation guidelines.
Palm said Lancaster County officials had also recently charged Dreeszen with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper registration and failure to appear in court. All four charges are currently pending in the Lancaster County court system.
“Since this is her first conviction, giving her a chance on probation would be wise,” Palm said. “But, it’s up to her to determine how that goes. Based on what I’ve read in the (PSI) report, I have my doubts.”
Defense attorney Julie Bear told the court her client had struggled with chemical dependency issues for several years. She said Dreeszen told her that she wanted to obtain treatment and would abide by all probation requirements.
Judge Michael Smith said he would issue a lengthy probation sentence to give Dreeszen time to move her life in a positive direction. He ordered Dreeszen to spend 48 months on a Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision (SSAS) type of probation. SSAS includes more intensive requirements than traditional probation and is designed to help people with chemical dependency issues.
Smith ordered Dreeszen to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation within 30 days. He also ordered her to abstain from alcohol and drugs, pay all court costs associated with the case and permit probation officials to conduct random drug tests and searches.