Drug offender sentenced to probation

September 6, 2018

A Beatrice man who was arrested for drug distribution last June was sentenced to probation on Wednesday in Gage County District Court.

Ryan E. Peden was sentenced to 36-months probation for attempted possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance. He was fined $100 for a third charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

District Court Judge Rick Schreiner described Peden as lacking direction and expressed concern if Peden would be successful on probation without a plan for the future.

“Mr. Peden, you’re not a violent offender, you’re a drug addict,” he said. “It appears to me at 22 years of age, you really have no direction in life other than ‘Where am I going to get my next high and how am I going to satisfy my most basic carnal needs.’ That needs to change. You’ve apparently not had any guidance up to this point in your life.”

Peden was arrested last June when a Gage County Sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle traveling east on Market Street at around 4 a.m. with a headlight out.

The driver, Peden, said he and two passengers were driving to pick up a roommate and he was not aware the headlight was out.

Court documents state Peden gave consent for the deputy to search the vehicle. In the center console, the deputy found a glass pipe with residue, a grinder, a container with marijuana stems and seeds and around 40 small plastic bags.

In the glove box, there were two small bags of a crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine and two smoking apparatuses. 15.4 grams of marijuana and a torch were also found.

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