Cass County Courthouse

PLATTSMOUTH – An Omaha woman will be required to complete multiple probation terms over the next two years for bringing drugs into Cass County.

Desiree M. Edwards, 39, appeared in Cass County District Court Monday morning for sentencing on one Class I misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine. She was arrested Sept. 2 after local authorities discovered her with the drug.

Deputy County Attorney Richard Fedde told the court convincing arguments could be made for Edwards either receiving probation or a jail sentence. He said Edwards had been arrested 12 times for driving under suspension and had committed two shoplifting offenses. He said she had also recently been fined for leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

“This type of behavior doesn’t show that she is learning from her actions,” Fedde said. “The state doesn’t have a recommendation on a sentence one way or the other, but if it is probation then she needs to have a SSAS (Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision) type of setup.”

Judge Michael Smith ordered Edwards to complete 24 months of SSAS probation. Edwards must abstain from alcohol and drugs, obtain substance abuse and mental health evaluations, remain employed and complete a GED education program.

Smith also ordered Edwards to enroll in numerous classes. She must complete a financial management program, moral recognition therapy sessions and courses on parenting, making appropriate decisions and responsible driving over the next two years.

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