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Convicted meth dealer caught for second time this year with illegal substances

MASON CITY – A convicted Mason City meth dealer was caught for the second time this year with illegal substances and is now behind bars.

A Mason City police officer observed a wanted subject on the evening of November 8, near 2nd Street NW and Penn Avenue and arrested him. The subject, 43-year-old Sammie Tremayne Watters, was also charged with felony possession of controlled substance. He was taken to the county jail.

Watters was caught with illegal substances back in January of this year, but cited by the sheriff’s office for the offenses in April. In June, he was given two, 10-year suspended prison sentences, suspended $1,000 fines, 5-years of probation and sent to a residential facility for 180 days.

Watters was convicted of felony delivery of meth back in March of 2015 after an earlier arrest by Mason City police. Watters entered a guilty plea to delivery of methamphetamine and the district court granted him a deferred judgment and placed him on probation for a period of three years. As special conditions of probation, Watters was required to abstain from all controlled substances, not associate with persons known to have a criminal record, actively seek and maintain full-time employment, and comply with a plan of restitution. The district court revoked his deferred judgment after at least two violations and sentenced Watters to a term of imprisonment not to exceed ten years, waiving the mandatory one-third minimum sentence.  He appealed his sentence, but was unsuccessful; how he remained free since he lost his appeal in 2016 is unclear.

Watters awaits a court appearance set for November 17.

Watters, Sammie Tremayne
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