Meth distributor from Arizona sentenced in Lafayette County trial
Donna Edwards, 59, of Buckeye, Ariz., was sentenced to eight years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and fined $2,500 on July 5, according to information from the Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Edwards was found guilty on May 17 of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Deliver or Sell, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. The jury reached its verdict in 18 minutes, following the day-long trial in the Lafayette County Courthouse.
Charges were brought after a sergeant with the Missouri State Highway Patrol pulled a vehicle over on Interstate 70 on July 5. Edwards was a passenger in that vehicle. According to a press release from the prosecutor’s office, while the trooper was conducting his investigation for the traffic violation, he became suspicious that other criminal activity was going on because of the behavior of Edwards and the driver of the vehicle. Consent was reportedly granted to search the vehicle, and approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded 9mm handgun and $26,000 were located in and around items belonging to the defendant. When Edwards was booked into the Lafayette County Jail following her arrest, an additional 3 grams of methamphetamine was located in her pants, the press release stated.
During the trial, there was also testimony that the co-defendant stated that Edwards got the methamphetamine from her supplier and then distributed it to him. The court also forfeited any interest the defendant had in the $26,000 that was seized. Hearings are still on-going regarding the co-defendant’s interest in that money.
Following sentencing, Lafayette County Prosecutor Kristen Ellis Hilbrenner stated the evidence in this case spoke for itself.
“And the fact that it took the jury less than 20 minutes to reach their verdict shows that,” she said. “The distribution of methamphetamine, or any controlled substance, is serious and extremely detrimental to our community. The 12 citizens on this jury made it clear that crime like this will not be tolerated in Lafayette County.”