MONTEVIDEO — A Granite Falls woman has received a 75-month sentence to the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Shakopee.
Anita Maria Blue, 38, was sentenced Tuesday in Chippewa County District Court on a first-degree drug sale felony conviction. A first-degree drug possession charge was dismissed at sentencing.
Blue was ordered to serve a concurrent 58-month prison sentence on a 2020 Kandiyohi County drug possession conviction. The prison sentence in that case had been stayed, and she had been placed on supervised probation. She was ordered to pay $1,090 in fines and court fees.
Charges of felony first-degree drug possession and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in another Chippewa County case were dismissed at her sentencing Tuesday.
Blue was given credit for 116 days already served in jail, nearly four months. Minnesota law requires prisoners to serve at least two-thirds of a sentence in custody. They may serve the remainder of their sentence on supervised release.
Blue was charged with first-degree drug sale and first-degree drug possession in October 2019.
CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force agents acted on a tip that Blue was selling drugs from her home. Using a search warrant, they found a total of about 130 grams, about 4.5 ounces of methamphetamine.
Also found were pay-owe sheets, scales and scale weights, along with paraphernalia for using methamphetamine and marijuana.
A witness said Blue had driven up to her home, saw the search going on and left. The officers did not locate her that night, and a warrant was issued.
In March 2020, Blue was charged with first-degree drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Chippewa County deputies were searching for Blue, who had two active arrest warrants. According to the court file, a deputy approached a mobile home where she was believed to live. Another resident pointed to the part of the house where Blue could be found.
As deputies and Granite Falls police officers searched for her, they found a trap door in the floor and a hidden wall between two closets.
Behind the hidden wall, they found a stool with a gallon-size plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine, according to court records. A scale and small baggies were on the stool. The drugs, which tested positive for methamphetamine, were estimated to weigh between one-quarter and one-half pound.
When a deputy left to apply for a search warrant, other officers found Blue hiding in the crawl space under the home.
When the home was searched, officers were joined by CEE-VI agents. They found baggies containing controlled substances, $1,044 cash and paraphernalia. The total weight of methamphetamine was 156 grams, about 5.5 ounces.
Blue has several previous drug convictions beginning in 2014.
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