FREDERICKTOWN — A Madison County woman is facing several drug-related charges. Deputies say they detained her on an active warrant for possession of a controlled substance and found her in possession of a controlled substance.

Amanda A. Houart, 35, of Fredericktown is charged with distribution of a controlled substance near a school and distribution near public housing, both class A felonies. She is also charged with possession with intent to distribute, a class B felony.

According to a probable cause statement, deputies spotted Houart, who had active warrants for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of paraphernalia.

Upon making contact she dropped her purse and a small, clear plastic bag containing a substance which tested positive for methamphetamine. 

Deputies said a search of the purse resulted in the discovery of five more individual packages of what field tested positive for methamphetamine. In total, deputies found a little more than seven grams of the drug. Houart was arrested within 2,000 feet of the high school. She was also less than 1,000 feet from government subsidized housing.

She is in the Madison County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond on the most recent charges and a $5,000 cash-only bond on the previous possession and paraphernalia charge. A trial date has not been set.

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