COLUMBUS, Neb. – A Columbus woman reached a plea agreement that found her guilty of attempting to deliver drugs to the Platte County jail.
18-year-old Rachel Hayward of Columbus, was originally charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, but the charge was amended to attempted delivery of meth. She pled no contest to the lesser charge in Platte County district court on Friday.
According to court documents, on February 8th deputies at the Platte County jail found a greeting card in the mail addressed to 20-year-old inmate Ethan Vesely, that was modified to hold two small baggies and a pornographic image. Inside one of the baggies was two pills of ‘Vyvanse,’ a stimulant, with the other baggie containing meth.
The documents say that letters from Hayward inside Vesely’s jail pod indicate that Hayward planned to send him pills as well as ’20 cents’, which police say is jargon for 0.2 grams of meth. Investigators say recorded phone calls between the two also back up the letters.
Court documents allege that police found more evidence upon conducting a probation search of Hayward’s home and investigators say upon interviewing Hayward, she admitted to sending drugs to the jail.
She planned to plea in late June, but the court date was re-scheduled when she tested positive for meth prior to appearing. She was sent to Platte County jail to get clean before Friday’s appearance.
Hayward was found guilty of a felony and faces up to three years in prison, with the possibility of probation. She’ll be sentenced on August 18th.
Judge Robert Steinke told Hayward on Friday that her sentence will depend on her actions over the next five weeks, including staying out of trouble and getting treatment for her drug problem.
She is banned from using controlled substances while out on bail.