Ludington teen receives jail time for meth possession

October 22, 2013


LUDINGTON — A Ludington teen, who is pregnant with her second child, was sentenced today for possession of methamphetamine. Danielle Angela Carnahan, 19, 317 1/2 N. James St., received a sentence of up to one year in the Mason County jail, serving three months up front with credit for serving five days. She also will be placed on probation for a minimum of two years.

She was arrested Aug. 9 by the State, Sheriffs, Chiefs Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT) for a felony of controlled substance delivery.

At the time of the arrest, Carnahan was living at 605 E. Seventh St. in Ludington. She told the court, during her plea hearing, that her male roommate had brought the drugs into her home when she was not there. She said she did not want the drugs in the house and decided to sell them.

“I was not aware of it being brought in,” she said. “I caught the person and I wanted it out of my house. I thought I was being smart and was going to get money instead of throwing it away I sold it.”

She said an acquaintance set up a purchase with a person who wanted to buy the drugs. That person ended up being a law enforcement officer with SSCENT. The drugs were sold for $50.

With the original charge, Carnahan faced up to 20 years in prison and maximum $15,000 fine. The reduced charge could be punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

As a juvenile, Carnahan has a history of breaking the law, including — at the age of 15 — a minor in possession of tobacco, two cases of minor in possession of alcohol and later for domestic violence.

Judge Richard Cooper told her that he sees a pattern developing and it did not help her case that she was living with a convicted felon.

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