State's high court rules in favor of northeast AR woman

Patricia West (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)
Patricia West (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR  (KAIT) – A Greene County woman who pleaded guilty to a number of drug crimes in 2012 won an appeal in Arkansas Supreme Court, and will be awarded $7,550 that was seized from her purse during her arrest.

According to an appeal from the Craighead County Circuit Court, the state's highest court affirmed the decision to award her the money.

West plead guilty to simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and delivery of a schedule two controlled substance in circuit court, according to public records. She pleaded not guilty to two other charges. She was sentenced to 60 months in the Arkansas Department of Correction, followed by 60 months suspended imposition of sentence. West pleaded guilty in September, 2012.

According to Jonesboro Police, West and a small child were inside a home on North Church Street when investigators with the PROWL Unit entered.

Officers discovered a Christmas bag with 273 suspected hydrocodone pills, 63 suspected Oxycodone pills, two pistols and $7,550 in cash.

According to the high court opinion, "the State filed an affidavit signed by Charles Easterling, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Craighead County, stating that 'this is an in rem action for forfeiture of personal property." The state also said "a Warning Order should be issued by the Clerk of this Court for publication in this case."

West filed a motion to dismiss a complaint against her, "alleging that the State failed to obtain service on her within 120 days of the filing of the complaint."

Documents continue, stating "after a hearing held on May 30, 2013, the circuit court granted West's motion to dismiss. The supreme court affirmed the decision.

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