A Columbus man charged with a drug-related offense had a status hearing scheduled Monday morning in Platte County Court.

Kurt J. Shonka, 22, is scheduled to reappear in county court before Judge Frank Skorupa at 10:30 a.m. on March 13. The defendant was released from Platte County Jail on Monday after paying a $2,500 bond, according to Lt. Dave Westfall of the detention facility.

Shonka is charged with delivering/dispersing/being in possession of schedule 1,2 or 3 substance(s), a Class IIA felony. Under state law, Shonka could face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. There is no minimum sentence associated with a Class IIA felony.

On Jan. 12, a confidential informant working under the direction of the Columbus Police Department obtained Adderall tablets from the defendant, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit. Arriving in the 100 block of North Rose Lane, the defendant allegedly met the confidential informant and secured five pills later identified through Drugs.com as 20 mg tablets of Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine, court record show.

The tablets were listed as a central nervous system stimulant and classified as a Schedule 2 controlled substance. If the felony charge remains, Shonka’s case will be bound over to Platte County District Court for arraignment.

In other court news:

*Zachary A. Leal, 21, of Columbus had his sentencing continued until 11 a.m. on March 27. Leal was arrested in December 2018 and charged with having no proof of insurance, a Class II misdemeanor; driving during suspension/before reinstatement and operating a vehicle without proof of ownership, both Class III misdemeanors. The Class II misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail, and the Class III misdemeanors, three months.

*Ariel Acosta-Albizar, of Grand Island, had his or her sentencing continued until 11 a.m. on March 27. The defendant was arrested in November 2018 and charged with driving under suspension/before reinstatement, a Class III misdemeanor.

* Nine arraignments, five pre-trial hearings and five bond reviews were scheduled to come before Judge Skorupa Monday morning.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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