The wife of a former Alburgh selectman, who is awaiting sentencing on federal drug charges, was taken out of court in handcuffs Tuesday.
A federal judge ordered Patricia Savage, 57, of Alburgh, to be detained after she admitted to violating conditions of release.
In April, Savage pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of oxycodone, a lesser charge as part of a plea deal.
She initially faced two charges of distributing oxycodone.
This month, Savage tested positive for oxymorphone, an opiate, and lied to her probation officer about it, attorneys say.
Something similar happened in March, according to prosecutors.
Patricia Savage apologized to both the judge and her probation officer in court Tuesday.
She said she is under “a lot of stress” as a result of her and her husband’s legal woes.
Her attorney said her drug use was a “moment of weakness” when “pressures overwhelmed her.”
The federal judge told Savage the “only way to learn is to understand the consequences.”
Savage will be in jail until at least Thursday for her detention hearing.
Savage claims to be the primary caregiver for her older brother, who lives with a traumatic brain injury and diabetes.
This week, her probation officer will visit her home to assess the living situation. The results will be heard on Thursday.
She and her husband, former Alburgh selectman Bernard Savage, are expected to be sentenced later this month.
As part of her initial plea deal, prosecutors were recommending one year probation.
Bernard Savage pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs, also part of a plea deal.
In September 2015, Bernard Savage was indicted on seven counts, including distribution of cocaine and oxycodone.