The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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February 21, 2014

No prison time in 2 meth cases

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The affidavit continues that the arresting officer observed a small red gas can, a plastic can and a large plastic Coleman-style cooler with a lid. The gas can had a vent where a nozzle should have been and the officer observed an extremely strong chemical smell. The officer identified the items in the vehicle as those of a meth lab, according to court documents.

“I want to seek out treatment and do the best I can,” Malmstrom said.

Aside from traffic violations, the only conviction Malmstrom has is for theft. Myers supported the recommendation of the PSI for either a suspended sentence or a deferred judgement with treatment at the Residential Correctional Facility in Davenport.

“I think it’s pretty evident (from the photos in the PSI) Ms. Malmstrom was suffering from substance addiction,” Myers said.

Gerdes asked for a deferred judgment and street probation to her parents’ home. However, Tabor and Myers felt probation would not be enough. Myers added that the structure of RCF should help the defendant.

“I think the RCF will protect the community and will give you that structure to start that substance abuse treatment,” Tabor said.

Malmstrom received a deferred judgment and two years of probation. If she successfully completes the probation, the charge will be dismissed and she will not have a felony on her record.

A charge of conspiracy to manufacture meth was dismissed against each defendant.

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