Newsom convicted of drug and theft offenses | Local News
CLINTON – A Goose Lake man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in jail on a criminal drug charge, with three more less severe sentences to be served concurrently with the sentence.
Joseph I. Newsom, 49, of Goose Lake, was arrested after a traffic stop on March 18 in lane 500 between sixth and seventh avenues south, when police found Newsom in possession of drugs and a gun. Newsom pleaded guilty in July.
He was convicted on August 26 of one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, methamphetamine, a Class C felony; one count of second degree theft, a Class D felony; one count of driving under prohibition, an aggravated misdemeanor; and one count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a serious offense. District Court Judge Tamra Roberts has ordered sentences not exceeding 10 years, not exceeding five years, not exceeding two years and not exceeding one year to be imposed. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently. Roberts suspended fines of $ 1,370, $ 1,025, $ 855 and $ 430.
One count of failure to affix the drug stamp, a Class D felony; one count of driving under prohibition, an aggravated misdemeanor; two counts of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, first offense, serious misdemeanor; one count of possession of a controlled substance, first offense, a serious offense; and one count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, first offense, a serious misdemeanor, was dismissed with costs assessed to Newsom.
According to the affidavit, at 5 p.m. on March 18, an officer saw Newsom driving a red GMC Suburban north on the 600 block of South Fifth Street. Newsom has been identified as the driver of the vehicle. The officer knew Newsom’s driver status was suspended in Iowa. The officer conducted a traffic check in the driveway on the 500 block between Sixth and Seventh Avenue to the south. An officer said his partner K9 alerted about the vehicle.
The officer performed a probable cause search for Newsom and found two small bags of a clear crystalline substance compatible with methamphetamine in the front pocket of Newsom’s sweatshirt. The two bags of methamphetamine weighed 6.12 grams with wrapper and 1.25 grams. The officer also found a small bag containing nine pills suspected of being ecstasy in the front pocket of Newsom’s sweatshirt which weighed 2.25 grams with the packaging.
During a probable cause search of the vehicle, an officer found a large bag of marijuana weighing 28 grams with its wrapper. The officer found two digital scales, a methamphetamine pipe and a gun. The rifle came back stolen from Clinton. The rifle was valued at $ 2,000. Newsom’s driving status is banned in the state of Iowa, the affidavit states.