Already Jailed Columbus Teen Charged with Dealing and Possessing Meth in Dodge County

COLUMBUS, Neb. – A Columbus woman who was sentenced to one year in jail earlier this month on a drug charge, is now accused of dealing meth in Dodge County.

18-year-old Rachel Hayward is charged with felony delivery and felony possession of meth.

Court records say on August 23rd, Hayward and Ethan Vesely of Omaha, were stopped on Highway 30 and Chestnut St. in North Bend after a Dodge County Sheriff Deputy noticed their car parked on the highway, blocking traffic.

Records say the deputy soon realized both Hayward and Vesely were on probation and Vesely, who was driving, told the deputy that he did not have a license.

Hayward, who was barred from having drugs, weapons and associating with criminals by terms of her probation, told the deputy that she had a knife in the vehicle.

The deputy then conducted a search and reported finding 8.7 grams of meth or nearly one-third of an ounce, inside the vehicle, and plastic bags that typically are used to deal narcotics.

Hayward was convicted this year on attempting delivery of meth, after she was accused of delivering narcotics to Vesely in jail. She was sentenced to 364 days in jail on September 1st.

Judge Robert Steinke, who sentenced Hayward on the attempted delivery conviction, had knowledge of this incident when he sentenced Hayward to a year behind bars.

Both Hayward and Vesely will make a court appearance in Dodge County on September 26th.

If convicted, both face up to 52 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of one year on the delivery charge.

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