Winner woman gets six years for planning to sell meth
WINNER -- A Winner woman arrested in August after found exiting a car with more than five grams of methamphetamine inside was sentenced recently to six years in prison.
Miranda Old Lodge, 25, pleaded guilty to unauthorized possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on Sept. 5, and Judge Bobbi Rank sentenced her on Oct. 17 to 10 years with four suspended and credit for the 74 days she served in jail following her arrest.
On Aug. 4, a Winner police officer saw Old Lodge exiting a car parked on North Lamro Street and told her to stop, as she had an outstanding Tripp County warrant. Old Lodge reportedly ran into a nearby house and was eventually arrested in the basement.
According to a report filed after Old Lodge's arrest, she was in possession of a backpack containing drug paraphernalia and marijuana, and she gave a urine sample that tested positive for THC, methamphetamine, amphetamine and MDMA.
That night, using keys reportedly left inside the house by 28-year-old Brandon Olson, also of Winner, a search warrant was executed on the car Old Lodge had been seen leaving. Inside, police found a handgun, more than 500 plastic bags, a metal grinder and what was later determined to be 5.05 grams of methamphetamine.
Search warrants executed on both Old Lodge and Olson reportedly showed both had known drugs were inside the car, and Olson had allegedly discussed drug transactions in messages with other people.
Old Lodge was initially charged with two drug-related felonies and four misdemeanors, the balance of which were dropped when she entered her guilty plea in September. Olson's case is still pending.
In addition to her prison sentence, Old Lodge was ordered to pay $156.50 in fines and court costs.