Woman headed to jail for having drugs near Pacelli

Published 9:32 am Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An Austin woman who previously pleaded guilty to possessing drugs in a school zone was sentenced to a little more than two years in jail Monday in Mower County court.

Dinah Rae Brandt, 29, will serve 27 months at a correctional facility in Shakopee, Minn.

According to records, Brandt was among four people arrested during a police search of 505 Fifth Ave. NW on May 18. Members of the Austin Police Department, the Mower County Sheriff’s Office and the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Taskforce conducted the raid, which was part of an ongoing SEMNGTF investigation.

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Also arrested in the case were 31-year-old Brian Omar Martin, 22-year-old Shavon Leeanne Hodges and 27-year-old Chevy Lee Chris Brown. All three have pleaded guilty to felony drug charges and await sentencing dates.

During the search of the residence, which is within 300 feet of Pacelli High School, officers found methamphetamine and marijuana paraphernalia, as well as just less than 1 gram of meth in a plastic baggy. A syringe loaded with what was likely meth was also recovered in a bathroom, according to a police report.

Several cell phones recovered by authorities also contained text messages related to drug sales.