CLINTON — A Clinton man has pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge.
Seth D. Pladna, 23, 544 Fourth Ave. South, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court and pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, third offense, a Class D felony. The plea is an open plea and the court is not bound by the State's recommendation.
The State will support the recommendation of the pre-sentence investigation report. Pladna will be responsible for restitution resulting from all counts alleged in the trial information.
District Court Judge Mark Lawson granted the request to release Pladna to pre-trial release with supervision with the condition he obtain a substance abuse evaluation and follow through with recommended treatment. Lawson said he is "always reluctant" to grant the request to someone addicted to methamphetamine, telling Pladna it will not look good at sentencing if he does not do well while on pre-trial release.
Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 14.
According to the affidavit, at 7:30 p.m. June 9, an officer observed Pladna traveling east in the 800 block of 14th Avenue South on a bicycle. Another officer checked for warrants on Pladna. The Clinton Law Center indicated there was a valid warrant for failure to appear. The officers subsequently stopped Pladna in the 1300 block of Camanche Avenue. He was taken into custody.
The affidavit states that during a search incident to arrest, Pladna possessed in his left front pocket a silver container that contained a small glass vial and a clear plastic bag with a clear, crystal-like substance consistent with crystal methamphetamine. There were two crystal-like shards in the clear plastic bag that weighed 1.2 grams with the package.
The affidavit states Pladna was wearing a backpack. Two glass smoking pipes with white residue were located along with two additional clear vials with white residue during the search of the backpack.