LOGANSPORT WOMAN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS FOR DEALING METHAMPHETAMINE
LOGANSPORT – Prosecutor Noah Schafer announced that Heather Riley, 41, of Logansport, was sentenced to ten years in the Indiana Department of Correction for Dealing in Methamphetamine as a Level 3 Felony. Riley was sentenced in Cass County Circuit Court by Judge Stephen Kitts II following a guilty plea on March 23, 2023.
The charges arose from an incident on November 3, 2022 in which Cass County Drug Task Force was conducting surveillance at a residence in Logansport for a wanted person. Officers approached the open garage of the residence and determined Riley was inside with the wanted person, later determined to be her brother. The probable cause affidavit filed in the matter indicated that Riley would not show officers her hands and kept turning away from officers, and blocking what she was doing with her hands, so Riley was ultimately detained at gunpoint for officer safety. In plain view in the garage were baggies and vials of methamphetamine, baggies altered for packaging of drugs, and scales for weighing the methamphetamine. Riley was searched at the jail and had more methamphetamine hidden inside her shoe. Riley admitted to officers following her arrest that she had just dealt two eight-balls of methamphetamine. An “eight ball” is drug parlance for three and one half grams, or one eighth of an ounce.
Riley has a number of prior meth related convictions, including a dealing meth conviction from 2004 for which she was sentenced to three years of prison followed by three years of probation. Noting this history, Judge Kitts sentenced Riley to the maximum sentence allowed under the terms of her plea agreement, with no time suspended to probation. If she completes rehabilitative programming in prison, she may petition the court for modification.
Said Schafer of the sentencing: “This individual squandered multiple opportunities to rehabilitate and stop poisoning our community. We’re grateful to the Cass County Drug Task for their help in removing a repeat offender from the streets of our county.”