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By LAWRENCE KEENEY
CVN STAFF WRITER

Two young women thought the best place to give each other drugs was in the front seats of the Boone County Courtroom during drug court.
What they didnt count on was a deputy was watching them do it.
According to a complaint filed in Boone County Magistrate Court, Samantha Lynn Cain, 25, of Jeffrey, and Angel Marie Curry, 25, of Ottawa, were arrested and charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and a single count of conspiracy.
Cain and Curry were also charged with delivery of hydrocodone, diazepam and butalbital.
The women made an appearance for drug court and were seated in the courtroom when a deputy alleged the pair began passing pills between themselves.
Curry and Cain were sentenced to drug court after being charged with prior felony crimes.
The Drug Court is an alternative sentencing program, more formally identified as the Southwestern Drug Court, which opened in November, serving Boone, Lincoln and Logan counties.
Both women appeared before Boone County Magistrate Charles Byrnside, late in the afternoon where bond was set at $20,000 each. Unable to post bond, they were then taken to the Southwestern Regional Jail to await further court action.
"While I cannot comment directly on matters pending before me, I am disappointed by the recent behavior of two drug court participants. They have let down their families, the other participants, the Drug Court team and most important, themselves, Boone County Judge Will Thompson said.
It should be noted that both participants are administratively discharged from the Drug Court due to their new felony arrests, per the Drug Court policy and will be dealt with in the judicial system fairly and justly.
While this behavior will not be tolerated, it should be noted that Drug Court participants as a whole have had long standing substance abuse addictions, which have led to felony charges against each of them, he said.
The Drug Court has had some successes thus far in its short existence.
There has been a substantial amount of community service, which has included picking up a large amount of trash along are scenic highways in Boone County. There has been increased contact between the participants and their children as a result of the participants staying clean, Thompson said.
While I certainly anticipate more failures to occur in Drug Court, there is reason to hope that it is accomplishing its objective in trying to rectify some of the damages that has been caused by the widespread and rampant drug problem that exists in our county, he said.
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