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PLATTSMOUTH – A Plattsmouth woman and a Bellevue man admitted their involvement with methamphetamine Monday morning during a pair of court hearings.

Rachel L. Morehead, 22, appeared in the day’s first case in Cass County District Court. Morehead pled guilty to one Class I misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine. The state agreed to reduce its original felony charge to the misdemeanor level in exchange for her plea.

Cass County Attorney Colin Palm said Plattsmouth police officers arrested Morehead at her Plattsmouth residence on Dec. 30, 2017. Sarpy County had placed an active warrant on Morehead at the time. Plattsmouth police arrested her on the warrant and transported her to Cass County Jail.

Palm said authorities were booking Morehead into the jail when they saw a small plastic container with white residue inside her purse. Morehead told them the object had been previously used to store methamphetamine.

Palm said authorities also found a small plastic baggie inside Morehead’s bra. The baggie contained a substance that appeared to be illegal. A chemical test conducted at the state crime lab confirmed the substance was methamphetamine.

Morehead remains in Cass County Jail. Sentencing will take place July 30.

Ryan E. Peters, 22, appeared in the day’s second case. He pled guilty to one Class IV felony charge of possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine. The state agreed to remain silent at sentencing. The state also dismissed Class I misdemeanors of false reporting and criminal trespassing-first degree.

Deputy County Attorney Steven Sunde told the court the two sides had previously worked out a plea deal that would have reduced the charge to a Class I misdemeanor. Peters could have received the lesser charge if he had successfully completed treatment items.

The deal fell apart after Peters failed to appear for his scheduled pre-trial conference June 4. Sunde said an initial course of treatment was also unsuccessful.

Sunde told the court Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a property at 96th Street just before 8 a.m. Sept. 30. A farmer noticed Peters and Plattsmouth resident Lauren A. Winscot, 23, were in a suspicious vehicle on his neighbor’s property. Authorities came to the location because the farmer felt there may have been a burglary in progress.

CCSO deputies learned Peters had a suspended license and Winscot had an active warrant for drug-related charges in Sarpy County. They searched the vehicle and found multiple items of drug paraphernalia and controlled substances.

Sunde said two baggies contained a white substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. Analysis at the state crime lab confirmed the presence of methamphetamine. Sunde said Winscot identified Peters as the owner of the two baggies.

Peters remains in Cass County Jail. Sentencing will take place Aug. 6.

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