Baby tests positive for meth; mom jailed

2013-01-11T08:45:00Z Baby tests positive for meth; mom jailedBy Jim Osborn josborn@columbustelegram.com Columbus Telegram
January 11, 2013 8:45 am  • 

COLUMBUS — A 32-year-old Columbus woman whose recent sentencing for delivering drugs was postponed for a month because she was about to give birth was back in a jail cell Wednesday for another drug offense.

Defendant Kristal Thomas, who was set for sentencing last Friday (Jan. 5), was booked into the county jail for methamphetamine-prohibited acts Wednesday afternoon, five days after she gave birth to a boy.

The arrest resulted from her newborn son testing positive for meth, according to a police affidavit filed in the case. The boy was removed from his mother’s custody and transported to Children’s Hospital in Omaha.

On Thursday morning, Thomas’ personal recognizance bond was set at $10,000 by Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa. The city woman was then released from the county jail later in the day.

Thomas had complained of pregnancy discomfort during her scheduled sentencing in connection with three separate drugs sales spring.

The defendant was having some pregnancy issues in the courtroom at sentencing, Chief Deputy Platte County Attorney Demi Herman said. Thomas was out of jail on bond pending her district court sentencing in the drug case.

Herman said Thomas was supposed to be participating in intensive out-patient drug treatment while she was out of jail pending sentencing.

Thomas pleaded no contest to two counts of delivery of marijuana earlier in exchange for two other delivery charges, one for meth and one for pot, being dismissed by the prosecution.

District Court Judge Robert Steinke continued sentencing in the March 2012 drug delivery cases for Feb. 15.

The pot delivery charges are Class III felonies, each punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.

Court documents in a March 28 deal describe a drug transaction that began with a confidential police informant meeting with Thomas at her residence.

Thomas was one of two go-betweens in the drug deal. She was later charged with charged with delivery of a controlled substance stemming from that deal.

A 71-year-old Columbus man was also involved as a middleman in the drug transaction. The city man, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease after his arrest, was sentenced to 18 months probation last September.

Thomas was also later charged with delivery of meth and marijuana in March 16 and 21 sales.

Court reports in the March 28 case said Thomas indicated to the informant, who was wearing a recording device, that she would need a ride to an apartment in the 2500 block of 12th Street to get the marijuana, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Nebraska State Patrol Investigator Keith Bignell.

Surveillance officers observed Thomas with the second middleman while entering his 12th Street apartment, then exiting and delivering the suspected marijuana to the informant waiting outside in a vehicle, Bignell said in his statement.

Authorities served search warrants the following day and seized marijuana, pipes, plastic packaging material, a digital scale and cash.

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