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Duluth student finds meth in jacket; mother arrested

Deliena Ruthann Lamberton

DULUTH — A Duluth woman was arrested last week after her daughter unknowingly brought a bag of methamphetamine to school, according to court documents.

Deliena Ruthann Lamberton, 37, is charged with felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and gross misdemeanor child endangerment.

According to a criminal complaint, her daughter found the substance in her jacket pocket at Lincoln Park Middle School on Oct. 1. The girl turned the drugs over to a teacher, who in turn gave it to an assistant principal. Duluth Police Department school resource officer June Sakette was then contacted.

The child reportedly told Sakette that she grabbed her mother's jacket from home and wore it to school that day. She said she was looking for something in the pocket when she discovered the suspected meth, according to the complaint.

Sakette completed a field test on the substance, which came back positive for 2.1 grams of meth.

On Oct. 4, investigators executed a search warrant on Lamberton and her Anderson Road residence. The complaint states that additional meth was discovered in her vehicle and she was placed under arrest.

Lamberton allegedly acknowledged that she was aware her daughter had worn her jacket to school and discovered the drugs, stating, "That was stupid. It's my fault."

Lamberton has numerous prior criminal convictions in Minnesota, including driving while intoxicated, giving a false name to a police officer, theft and check forgery. She remains on unsupervised probation until January for a driving after suspension conviction.

In 2008, she was among eight defendants charged after a meth-distribution sting operation. Court records show that case was dismissed after she completed two years of supervised probation.

Lamberton was arraigned Friday afternoon in State District Court in Duluth. She was granted pretrial supervised release, with her next court date set for Oct. 23.