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McLain stands mute
Mclain in court
Patricia McLain stood mute in Lafayette County Circuit Court on Thursday, Oct. 2. -Photo by Tallitha Reese

Patricia McLain, 54, of Benton stood mute in Lafayette County Circuit Court on Thursday, Oct. 2 to several charges stemming from an incident on Sept. 16.
    McLain is facing three felony charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and two misdemeanor charges of possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    If convicted, the felony charges could net McLain a maximum sentence of imprisonment of no more than 40 years and/or a fine of no more than $100,000 for each charge.
    McLain appeared in court on Oct. 2 with her attorney Guy Taylor, where the defense stood mute. Lafayette County Circuit Court Judge William Johnston then entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of McLain.
    McLain also waived the right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the court for trial.
    During the court hearing, Taylor also notified the court that a request for substitution for judge had been filed. Since then, Judge James Beer has been assigned to the case.
    McLain will again be in court on Jan. 28, 2015 for a status conference at 10 a.m.
    In September, McLain was arrested after Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies, members of the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force and the Iowa County K-9 executed a search warrant of her residence and discovered a significant amount of methamphetamine, as well as marijuana, meth pipes and a marijuana pipe, according to the criminal complaint.
    The criminal complaint also states that McLain received a package on Sept. 16 that contained four packages of methamphetamine weighing approximately 64 grams each, totaling in 256 grams.
    According to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department 256 grams of methamphetamine has a street worth of between $20,500 and $25,000.