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Former Gooding police officer sentenced for possession of a controlled substance

Posted at 2:34 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 16:33:59-04

BOISE, Idaho — Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a Gooding County woman was sentenced on March 10 for possession of a controlled substance.

26-year-old Samantha E. White, of Gooding, pleaded guilty in December.

Fifth District Court Judge Rosemary Emory granted White a withheld judgment and placed her on probation for three years. The court also ordered the defendant to pay a $500 fine, court costs and serve 100 hours of community service.

An investigation revealed in December 2018 that White – at the time an officer with the Gooding Police Department – arranged to receive a package containing hydrocodone pills from a family member in Salmon. White’s mother, Charlotte A. White, was prosecuted in Lemhi County. Charlotte White was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and sentenced in January 2019.

Deputy Attorney General Jessica Kuehn in the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the Gooding County case against Samantha White.

The Salmon Police Department, Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho State Police and the Attorney General’s Office conducted the investigation.