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Middle-aged meth suspect back in GF jail

Audrey Morris, the 65-year-old charged last month with conspiring to make methamphetamine near a school in Grand Forks that could put her in prison for life, was jailed this week for testing positive for meth shortly after her initial court appearance.

Morris and three other women were charged with Class AA felony conspiracy for what investigators said was a “shake and bake” meth cooking operation in an apartment across the street from Schroeder Middle School. Morris worked for American Crystal Sugar and for the past five years for UND’s building management department and poses no flight risk, said her attorney, Ted Sandberg, in asking she be released under the same $25,000 bond.

Morris turned herself in Wednesday when she learned there was a warrant issued for her arrest.

She tested positive for meth March 10, nine days before she appeared for her probable cause hearing on the meth conspiracy charge.

“I’ve only flunked one drug test,” Morris told state District Judge Debbie Kleven, promising never to do it again.

“We expect that you flunk no drug tests,” Kleven said.

Morris admitted going to a physician this week to get a prescription for medication.

“I just have a hard time getting out of bed every day because of my depression and nerves and hopefully the prescription that I got will help,” Morris said.

Did she mention to the physician she was out on bond on a felony meth charge, Kleven asked.

“No, I didn’t want to get that personal,” Morris said.

“I think she needs to be evaluated,” Kleven said, ordering she be held without bond. “Otherwise, we are going to end up with someone who goes doctor-shopping just to get some medication and isn’t honest about it.”

Morris and the other three are slated to be arraigned April 8.

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