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Rochester woman sentenced for smuggling meth into Winona Co. Jail

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Deatta Peterson Deatta Peterson

 WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Rochester woman already in trouble for sales of Oxycontin and other drugs last December has now been sentenced to 20 years probation for successfully smuggling meth into the Winona County Jail and offering meth to inmates.

Deatta Peterson, 30, had been out on a "Sentence to Service" work detail two days before Christmas when an informant reported she "appeared high."  By the end of the week, two days after Christmas, she was facing two new charges for Controlled Substance Crime in the Third Degree - Sale of Methamphetamine, a felony, and Introduce Contraband Into Jail, a gross misdemeanor. 

Jail guards found meth in her coat after being tipped that she was bragging about getting it past them.  A lot of things have happened since then.

Peterson admitted the whole thing, pleading guilty to the two charges back on April 30.  And she has come clean in another way -- in a drug treatment program.

"If there's a silver lining, it's that she has been successful at treatment," said prosecutor Christina Davenport.  As part of her sentence by Judge Jeffrey Thompson, Peterson must literally "keep her nose clean" by staying away from drugs and alcohol, and submit to random searches and drug testing.  She also has been ordered not to enter bars or liquor stores, or have any contact with people associated with illegal drugs or even possessing alcohol.  She was given credit for serving 50 days in the Winona County Jail.  Peterson will be on probation for 20 years.

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