Plea reached in felony drug possession case

Thursday, May 17, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- A plea agreement was reached with an Indianola woman charged with felony drug possession that reduced the charge to a misdemeanor offense of attempted possession. The woman, 28-year-old Veronica A. Waddell, was subsequently scheduled for sentencing at 10:30 a.m. on July 2, 2012, in Red Willow County District Court.

Waddell was originally charged with a Class IV felony of possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a December 2010 traffic stop by the Nebraska State Patrol. During the incident Waddell opened the rear door of her vehicle to get a pair of gloves and a hat, causing a bag containing marijuana, a marijuana pipe and other illegal drugs to fall out onto the roadway.

The bag contained several different types of pills in varying quantities, later identified by the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory. Among the pills were four controlled substances, methylenedioxynethamphetamine, commonly known as Ecstasy; dextroamphetamine; propoxyphene hydrochloride; and alprazolam. The remaining pills included some obtainable over the counter and two that required a prescription, cyclobenzaprine and cetirizine.

In addition to the felony, Waddell was originally charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an open alcohol container. She was assigned a public defender in December 2010 and pleaded not guilty to the charges in July 2011.

Waddell accepted the plea agreement in April 2012, offered by Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood, that dismissed both the marijuana and paraphernalia charges and reduced the felony possession charge to a misdemeanor attempted version. The plea agreement admitted guilt to the possession of an open alcohol container infraction.