Stevens Suspect Approaches Law Enforcement to Claim Drugs 21 Jun 13

A South Dakota woman will faces a single felony charge in Stevens County after arriving at the Stevens County courthouse to claim drugs in officers’ custody.

On June 18, a Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputy was called to the City of Donnelly to investigate a purse left on the ground beside a vehicle. While searching the purse to verify an owner’s identity, the officer discovered four small plastic bags of methamphetamine and two syringes. The purse contained several forms of identification indicating twenty-two year old Cecily Goodsell of Sisseton, SD was the likely owner of the purse. When weighed, Stevens County Deputies discovered the small plastic bags collectively contained about 2 grams of crystal meth.

Later that day, Goodsell called the Sheriff’s Department looking for her purse. Officers told Goodsell she could claim her purse if she did so in person at the Stevens County Law Enforcement Center. Goodsell arrived at the Law Enforcement Center that afternoon where she was interviewed and admitted to owning the purse and acknowledged she knew there were drugs in her purse but claimed they were not hers. Deputies report Goodsell gave several different statements to explain how she was in possession of the drugs.

Goodsell has been charged with one count of fifth degree possession which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. An initial appearance before District 8 Judge Gerald Seibel has been planned for July 1.