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Woman pleads to charge for taking pills to jail in sock

WILLMAR -- A 32-year-old Spicer woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony fifth-degree drug possession charge, for bringing pills into the Kandiyohi County Jail in her sock.

Under a plea agreement, a gross misdemeanor for introducing contraband to a prohibited location against Angela Lynn Leindecker will be dismissed and she will serve an executed sentence of 12 months and 1 day in jail. She will be sentenced, and receive her disposition on a probation violation, on Dec. 10 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

The most recent charges were filed after jail officials received information on Sept. 28 from an inmate who said that Leindecker was selling pills and had them in her sock. Leindecker was taken to the jail medical facility, where her clothing was changed. Officers located pills in her sock. She admitted to having sneaked them into the jail on Sept. 25.

The pills, a total of 64, included Schedule II and IV narcotics, such as antidepressants, muscle relaxers and pain medications.

Leindecker has four prior drug convictions, all fifth-degree charges, from January 2005, November 2006, February 2007, and September 2009, all in Kandiyohi County.

According to court files on the September conviction, Leindecker was ordered to serve 180 days in the county jail, with the first 60-day segment starting Sept. 25. Other sentencing orders included not using prescription medications unless prescribed, using one pharmacy and informing probation about her prescriptions.

That fifth-degree controlled substance charge was filed after a Spicer pharmacist called an agent from the CEE-VI Drug Task Force on Feb. 4 to report that a prescription order for Vicodin had been called in by Leindecker. The pharmacy thought the message was from her doctor's office and called to verify the information. However, the doctor's office hadn't ordered the prescription and didn't know anything about it. The pharmacy had also filled a prescription, two days before, for Tylenol 3 with codeine for Leindecker. The doctor's office had no information about that prescription either.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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