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.

We are part of The Trust Project.

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.

Marissa Elvira Mares
Contributed / Minnesota Department of Corrections

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.

Officials are expected to release bodycam footage of the traffic stop on Friday.

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.


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.

More by Dale Morin:
A man identified as the one who pulled the trigger at the scene of a summer 2021 shooting in Belview was sentenced earlier this month to 94 months in prison. Demahjay Sherief Sincere Hudson, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault. A charge of attempted murder was dismissed.
Linda Marie Wandersee-Callanan, 58, made her first appearance Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on arson charges, after she allegedly attempted to burn the courthouse, other city and government offices and businesses on Sunday. A petition to commit her as mentally ill has also been filed.
Anthony James Negen, 74, of Renville, was convicted Monday Nov. 21 for criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. He was sentenced to a downward departure of 72 months in prison. Negen pleaded guilty to the charge in Renville County District Court in September. According to the criminal complaint, Negen had been sexually abusing a female juvenile for eight years.
Steven Mark Sulflow, a City Council member in Montevideo, was fined $500 and sentenced to five years of supervised probation after he pleaded guilty to threatening a man. Court documents say the man attempted to contact him about unpaid work in late September.

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 or by phone 320-214-4368.
What To Read Next
Breaking News
The administration is bringing back an Obama-era decision, later reversed by Trump, that bans new mineral leases on 225,500 acres of the Superior National Forest for the next two decades.
A 15-year-old male suffered what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries after a crash reported Wednesday night to the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver, a 19-year-old male, was not injured.
Sticker shock over the estimated cost to replace the 1967 office of the Yellow Medicine County Highway Department — construction costs are estimated at $295 per square foot — have led the County Board to move cautiously.
Area funerals scheduled through Feb. 3, 2023