PLATTSMOUTH – Five area residents either pled guilty to or were sentenced for drug charges in Cass County District Court on Monday morning.
Omaha resident William M. Brummond, 20, took part in the day’s first case. Brummond pled guilty to one Class I misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine. The plea agreement did not include any sentencing recommendations.
Deputy County Attorney Steven Sunde told the court Brummond had been traveling with two passengers in a vehicle in Plattsmouth on April 1. A Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped the vehicle at the intersection of River Road and Main Street at 9 a.m. for a traffic signal violation. The deputy smelled the odor of drugs near the car and obtained permission to search the vehicle.
Sunde said the deputy located a red velvet bag under the driver’s seat. The bag contained two glass pipes that had white residue on them. Tests at the state crime lab confirmed the presence of methamphetamine on one of the pipes.
Brummond remains free on bond. Sentencing will take place Oct. 20.
Plattsmouth resident Joseph D. Guynn, 23, appeared in the day’s second case. He pled guilty in July to one Class I misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine. He also pled guilty to one charge of driving under the influence during an earlier appearance in Cass County Court.
Guynn was arrested April 17 after he went to the front office of the Cass County Law Enforcement Center. He told employees he wanted to know if the methamphetamine he was carrying with him was “good quality” or not. He asked employees if they could test the drugs he had brought with him to determine if they were pure or impure.
CCSO deputies arrested Guynn after a short interview. State crime lab workers confirmed the substance he had brought into the law enforcement center was methamphetamine.
Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox said the state would recommend probation. He said he felt Guynn would benefit from inpatient treatment services that would be available to him as part of probation.
Judge Michael Smith placed Guynn on 24 months of probation. Guynn must follow all recommendations of a substance abuse treatment evaluation and enter a residential treatment program. He must also pay all court costs and abstain from alcohol and drugs.
Plattsmouth resident Tonya K. O’Shea, 40, appeared in the day’s third case. She pled guilty in July to Class I misdemeanor charges of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine and false reporting.
Plattsmouth police officers and CCSO deputies approached O’Shea’s property in Plattsmouth on Jan. 26 with a search warrant. Authorities searched the home and found several items in a plastic bag. State crime lab employees confirmed the presence of methamphetamine on the items.
Sunde told the court O’Shea initially denied ownership of the drugs. She told officers the drugs were the property of a family member. She later admitted that she had been the one who was using the methamphetamine.
Smith ordered O’Shea to serve 24 months on probation. O’Shea must pay all court costs, abstain from alcohol and drugs and submit to random tests and searches.
Plattsmouth resident Kimber L. Warga, 26, took part in the next sentencing hearing. She pled guilty in July to one Class I misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine.
Two Plattsmouth police officers visited Warga’s residence on April 18 after receiving information from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Warga admitted using drugs and produced two methamphetamine pipes that she had been storing under lock and key. One of the pipes had drug residue on it.
Deputy County Attorney Colin Palm told the court the state recommended probation because of Warga’s positive actions following her arrest. He said officials with Cass County’s pre-trial services program were pleased with Warga’s performance. She had passed every drug test and had taken steps to address issues with the NDHHS.
Smith ordered Warga to serve 12 months on probation. She must pay all court costs, abstain from alcohol and drugs and submit to random tests and searches.
Omaha resident David A. Adsit, 53, took part in the day’s fifth case. Adsit pled guilty in May to one Class IV felony of possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine.
Plattsmouth police officers conducted a search warrant at Adsit’s former Plattsmouth residence in November 2016. They found two glass pipes on a coffee table in the living room. State crime lab workers later confirmed the presence of drug residue on the pipes.
Palm told the court Monday that the state was concerned that Adsit had not obtained a substance abuse treatment evaluation until August. He said he was unable to recommend probation because he felt Adsit had not met his part of May’s plea agreement.
Defense attorney Michael Ziskey said he felt his client was a suitable candidate for probation. He said Adsit had remained clean since his arrest and had taken part in several treatment sessions.
Smith ordered Adsit to serve 48 months on probation. Adsit must obtain a chemical dependency evaluation within 30 days and follow all treatment recommendations. He must also enroll in a cognitive behavior therapy program, abstain from alcohol and drugs and submit to random tests and searches.