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Woman who was caught with substantial amount of meth gets plea deal, is sentenced

YORK – Lanau C. South, 39, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who was stopped while traveling in York County, has been sentenced after being caught with a substantial amount of methamphetamine.

She appeared in York County District Court this past week.

The case began when an officer with the York Police Department was on regular duty in York when he saw a semi-truck drive onto the shoulder while entering the westbound ramp to Interstate 80. A traffic stop was initiated, but the semi failed to yield and continued to accelerate onto Interstate 80, according to court documents.

The officer’s affidavit says he activated his siren but the semi continued moving on. The officer also said the vehicle was also on the shoulder for a mile.

Finally, the semi stopped and the driver, James Hauserman, was taken into custody.

“While officers with the York Police Department were clearing the vehicle, a second occupant was located underneath blankets in the sleeper portion of the vehicle,” the officer says in court documents. “The second occupant, later identified as Lanau South, who was concealed beneath blankets in the cab refused to provide any form of identification or verbally provide her name.

“A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted due to the presence of open alcohol containers,” the officer’s affidavit continues. “During the search, officers found 1.56 grams of methamphetamine contained in a narcotics sale baggie, six unused hypodermic needles, one hypodermic needle which contained 80 units of a dark-colored liquid which tested positive as methamphetamine, one hypodermic needle containing 15 units of an unknown yellow liquid, less than one ounce of marijuana, one metal pipe with a glass end which contained methamphetamine, three narcotic sale baggies with methamphetamine in her purse.”

Due to South refusing to identify herself, a trooper with the Nebraska State patrol was contacted in order to scan her fingerprints on a mobile system. The trooper was able to positively identify her and discovered she had two active warrants for her arrest, court documents indicate.

She was initially charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and false reporting, a Class 1 misdemeanor. This past week, due to a plea agreement, the first count was amended to attempt of a Class 4 felony, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor, and the second count was dismissed. She pleaded no contest to the remaining charge.

Sentencing took place shortly afterward. She was sentenced to six months in the York County Jail; she was also given credit for 140 days already served in the matter.

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