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Montevideo, Minnesota, woman sentenced to nearly eight years for drug possession

Marissa Elvira Mares, 32, of Montevideo, was convicted of second-degree drug possession in Chippewa County District Court and sentenced to 95 months in prison. According to the criminal complaint, a search of a vehicle driven by Mares yielded 282 Percocet pills and 168.5 grams of methamphetamine.

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MONTEVIDEO — A 32-year-old woman was sentenced to nearly eight years in prison after police found 282 Percocet pills and more than 100 grams of methamphetamine in a vehicle search.

Marissa Elvira Mares, of Montevideo, was convicted in Chippewa County District Court of an amended charge of second-degree drug possession. She was sentenced Sept. 13 to 95 months at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, with credit for 49 days already served.

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Under Minnesota law, offenders are required to serve at least two-thirds of their sentence in custody and may be allowed to serve the remaining time on supervised release.

According to the state Department of Corrections website, Mares is expected to be released from prison Nov. 4, 2027. Her sentence will end in June of 2030.

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Mares pleaded guilty to the amended charge in August. She was initially charged with one count of first-degree drug sale and one count of first-degree drug possession.

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The charge of first-degree drug sale was dismissed, and the first-degree possession was amended to a second-degree drug possession charge in a plea agreement.

According to the criminal complaint, Montevideo police officers stopped a car driven by Mares on the night of July 26 after first receiving a citizen call about suspicious activity.

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An eventual search of the vehicle located a backpack containing 282 Percocet pills, separated into bags.

A small glass jar of marijuana and a small plastic container with a crystalline substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine, were also found in the backpack, according to the complaint.

A small zippered bag containing multiple small baggies and two bags of what appeared to be methamphetamine were found. The total weight of the bags, which tested positive for methamphetamine, was 168.5 grams, according to the complaint.

Other items found included glass pipes with drug residue and a foil with THC oil on it.

No money was found in the vehicle, but according to the complaint, the amount of drugs in the vehicle tends to show the buy either just occurred or recently occurred.

Dale Morin is a reporter with the West Central Tribune. He covers public safety and breaking news beats.

Dale can be reached at dmorin@wctrib.com or by phone 320-214-4368.
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