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Wadena woman gets 3 years for meth sale

Kimberly Ann Palazeke Olson, 45, of 1509 11th St. S.W., Wadena has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for her role in selling methamphetamines.

She was sentenced June 15 in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of second-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Jan. 2, 2009, she made arrangements to sell 2.7 gram of meth for $400 to a man that turned out to be a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force.

Palazeke Olson made the arrangements and James Thomas Brandon, 56, allegedly made the sale after meeting the informant at Highway 210 just east of County Road 75 in Otter Tail County. On Jan. 16, 2009, Palazeke Olson arranged the sale of 5.9 grams of meth for $700 at the Tesoro gas station parking lot in Perham. She was a passenger and Brandon was allegedly the driver during that deal. On March 7, 2009, she again arranged a sale, this time .9 grams of meth for $120 in the parking lot of the now-closed Dollar Store in Detroit Lakes.

Her defense attorney, Simon George, requested a downward departure in state sentencing guidelines that would have resulted in a stayed prison sentence, 25 years on supervised probation and 180 days in jail.

District Judge Joe Evans declined to grant the departure, and sentenced her to 41 months in prison, with credit for four days served. She must pay $140 in fees and fines and agree to cooperate truthfully in the prosecution of her co-defendant.