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Woman accused of trying to bring drugs into jail appears in court

OLIVIA -- A woman who attempted to take cocaine, methamphetamine, a hypodermic needle and two cans of beer into the Renville County Jail using her undergarments and bags made an initial appearance Monday at a hearing in Renville County District C...

Amy Lyn Heitman
Amy Lyn Heitman

OLIVIA - A woman who attempted to take cocaine, methamphetamine, a hypodermic needle and two cans of beer into the Renville County Jail using her undergarments and bags made an initial appearance Monday at a hearing in Renville County District Court.
Amy Lyn Heitman, 36, of St. Paul, was charged in April with one first-degree felony and two second-degree felonies for drug possession, a gross misdemeanor charge for introducing contraband into jail, and two misdemeanor charges for obstructing the legal process and hypodermic needle possession. Heitman was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by a Renville County Sheriff’s Deputy who noticed that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
She was arrested when the deputy discovered there was an active warrant for Heitman’s arrest, according to the criminal complaint.
Heitman allegedly resisted arrest, refusing to unbuckle her seatbelt. A deputy and sheriff’s sergeant physically removed her from the vehicle to arrest her on the scene.
She then requested that two black bags be brought from the car with her to jail. Upon arrival at the jail, Heitman was strip searched by a female correctional officer, who found two bags in Heitman’s underwear, weighing nearly 50 grams total, containing meth and cocaine.
Another officer found a hypodermic needle, a spoon containing drug residue and two cans of Budweiser beer in Heitman’s bags, according to the criminal complaint.
No further hearings have been set in the case.

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