ELDRIDGE, Iowa (KWQC) – The drug conviction of an Eldridge woman has been affirmed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. Loretta MacKenzie was charged with growing marijuana and three other related counts in 2013. She appealed her conviction, based on claims of an illegal search of her trash container, which was on the street for pick-up when police say they found marijuana stalks inside. In a ruling made Nov. 9, 2016, the court denied the claim it was an illegal search and upheld the conviction.
Mackenzie contends she was growing the drug to help treat her husband, Benten Mackenzie, who suffered from cancer. She said the drug provided relief by shrinking the tumors on his body. He died in 2015.