Henricks granted suspended sentence

CLINTON — A Clinton man was granted a suspended sentence for a felony drug charge.

Murray D. Henricks, 21, 1160 Ninth Ave. South, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing on one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, namely methamphetamine, a Class C felony.

District Court Judge Mark Lawson ordered a sentence to the custody of the director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for up to 10 years be suspended. Henricks was placed on probation pending good behavior for three years to the Seventh Judicial District Department of Correctional Services unless sooner released by the court upon recommendation by the probation officer. Henricks was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay attorney fees not to exceed $1,000.

According to the affidavit, between Dec. 9 and Dec, 13 an officer met with a confidential informant at the Clinton Police Department and made a recorded phone call to Henricks, asking to purchase 0.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine. Henricks told the informant to come to an address on Ninth Avenue South to complete the purchase. An officer searched the informant for contraband or drugs and provided $50 in recorded bills. The officer observed the informant enter Henricks’ residence. The informant was at the residence for approximately 20 minutes. Officers observed the informant leave the residence and until the informant was picked up by the officer.

An additional search of the informant was completed upon return to the Clinton Police Department. The informant turned over 0.8 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine. The substance tested positive with the Nartec test kit as methamphetamine. The informant completed a statement form detailing that Henricks provided the suspected methamphetamine in a plastic package in exchange for the recorded $50 inside the residence.