A 31-year-old Laurel man was sentenced to two years probation during Holt County District Court on June 24 for several drug related charges.

Phelan L. Schwager, formerly of O’Neill, pled guilty to criminal attempt of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class 2A felony; possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony; possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, both infractions.

The defendant was given credit for 60 days served in Holt County Jail.

Schwager was one of six individuals arrested when Holt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) served search warrants on Dec. 13 in Atkinson and O’Neill.

“Mr. Schwager was an admitted methamphetamine dealer. On behalf of the people of the State of Nebraska, I recommended that he be sentenced to a term of incarceration in prison. Ultimately, Mr. Schwager was sentenced to a term of probation. Mr. Schwager was one of several individuals arrested at the conclusion of a thorough, multi-agency investigation led by Inv. Steven Binkerd and the Holt County Sheriff’s Department,” said Holt County Attorney Brent Kelly. “I want to assure the people of Holt County that we will continue to aggressively pursue drug violations in spite of the more lenient sentencing guidelines passed by our legislature.” 

O’Neill Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Atkinson Police Department (APD) and Boyd County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

HCSO, assisted by APD, NSP, Boyd County Sheriff’s Office and Brown County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant around 4:40 p.m. Dec. 13 at 304 S. Sherill St. in Atkinson.

Substances believed to be methamphetamine, marijuana, concentrated THC and drug paraphernalia were found. 

Three individuals were arrested at the scene. 

Dana R. Iversonn, 49, of Atkinson, was arrested for alleged possession of methamphetamine. 

She later pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, during district court on April 15. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for 11 days served. 

The defendant also was ordered to pay $137 in court costs before her release. Iverson was ordered to provide a DNA sample pursuant to the identification act and pay the costs associated with the procedure.

Sophie Q. Conklin, 20, of Spencer was originally arrested for alleged possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

She later pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, during district court on March 11. Conklin was sentenced to 85 days in jail with credit for 85 days served. She also was ordered to serve 12 months probation.

Schwager was originally arrested for alleged possession of a substance with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and burglary. He was transported to Holt County Jail.



I grew up 10 miles southwest of Stuart on the Greger family ranch. I graduated from West Holt Public Schools in Atkinson in 1997 and Northeast Community College in Norfolk in journalism in 1999.

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