by Sam Clanton
FORSYTH, Mo. – A Springfield woman will spend a year in a drug treatment facility after pleading guilty to felony drug trafficking in Taney County.
According to court records, Circuit Judge Tony Williams ordered 45-year-old Becka Tipton to complete Higher Ground Treatment and to live at New Beginnings Sober Living House for one year.
She is also ordered to complete five years of supervised probation. A payment agreement filed in the judgment indicates Tipton owes just over 500-dollars, due by January 1st, 2020.
State troopers arrested Tipton in January of this year following a traffic stop on U-S 65 north of Branson. Officers recovered methamphetamine in her purse, and found two plastic baggies outside the vehicle that also contained meth.
According to prosecutors, the state crime lab confirmed Tipton had over 100 grams of meth in her possession.
Prosecutors were initially seeking a 12-year prison sentence, as Tipton was charged as a prior and persistent felony offender.