CLINTON — A Clinton man was ordered to serve a prison term in relation to a drug charge.

Demetreus K. Armstrong, 29, 543 Fifth Ave. South, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for a sentencing on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana, a Class D felony. Assistant County Attorney Amanda Myers concurred with the recommendation of the pre-sentence investigation and recommended a period of incarceration for Armstrong. She said the main reasons for the recommendation was Armstrong’s “lengthy” criminal history and his past failures on probation.

Defense Attorney Joel Salvidar asked the court to consider granting Armstrong probation with a period of time in the Residential Correctional Facility. Salvidar said he believed Armstrong could benefit from placement in the RCF, stating it could be beneficial to help him get on the right track and gain employment.

Judge Joel Barrows ordered Armstrong to serve a prison sentence not to exceed five years, with credit for time spent in the Clinton County Jail. A $750 fine was suspended. Barrows said the reason for the sentence was his criminal history, previous problems while under supervision and the recommendation for incarceration.

According to the affidavit, on Feb. 25, 2015, officers with the Clinton Police Department, in conjunction with the Iowa DNE, conducted a controlled purchase of marijuana from Armstrong using a CI (cooperating individual). The CI and his vehicle were searched prior to the transaction with nothing noted. The CI made arrangements with Armstrong to purchase an ounce of marijuana.

The affidavit states the CI drove to the Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Clinton. Surveillance officers followed the CI to the location and took up positions to observe the transaction between the CI and Armstrong. Once the CI arrived at the casino, Armstrong was observed exiting the casino and meeting with the CI.

Both Armstrong and the CI entered the same vehicle and were both observed exiting the vehicle. The CI walked back to the vehicle while Armstrong returned to the casino.

The affidavit continues that the CI was followed to a predetermined location where he gave up the ounce of marijuana. The CI and the CI’s vehicle were searched again and no contraband was located. The suspected marijuana was given to an officer with the Clinton Police Department.

The officer weighed and tested the suspected marijuana purchased from Armstrong. The marijuana weighed approximately 29.7 grams and tested positive as marijuana using the NIK field test.

Herald Staff Writer John Rohlf can be reached at jrohlf@clintonherald.com.

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