Woman busted with $45K worth of meth sentenced to 8 years

Published 8:01 am Sunday, August 7, 2016

A woman took a plea agreement after being found with nearly $45,000 worth of methamphetamine, other drugs and paraphernalia is headed to prison.



Bonnie Lee Sutton, 35, of Austin was sentenced to about eight years and eight months in prison Friday in Mower County district court for felony first-degree drug crime charge. She received credit for 130 days served.

As part of the plea agreement, four other charges, including felonies for first-degree drug crime, fifth-degree drug possession and misdemeanors for fourth-degree DWI and driving after revocation, were dismissed.

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However, she also appeared in court Friday on a misdemeanor fighting charge and was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for 30 days served.

According to court records, Austin police officers were parked near Austin’s Rodeway Inn & Suites, 805 21st St. NE, when they saw Sutton in a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora leave the motel at about 11:34 p.m. She drove west on Interstate 90, drifting between the center line and fog line. They stopped her near West Oakland Avenue.

When officers spoke with Sutton, her eyes had little reaction to light, she talked rapidly, and her hands were quick and fidgety as she searched for her documents.

Officers learned Sutton’s driving status was revoked, and she failed a balance test and three other sobriety tests, according to the court complaint.

Sutton said she borrowed the car from a friend, which was K-9 searched. Officers reported a strong smell of marijuana from the car. No drugs were in the cabin of the car, but police found 28.5 grams of meth beneath the gas cover.

The passenger of the vehicle told police he saw Sutton take about “a half ounce of meth” and place it in or near the trunk of the car, and he said there was about three-quarters of a pound of meth still in the motel room.

At the motel, police found 422 grams — nearly a pound — of meth in a black sock, a digital scale and 5 grams of marijuana. Officers also found small bag containing 0.11 grams of cocaine in her coat pocket and a meth pipe at the jail.

Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger previously said the street value of the meth was estimated at about $45,000.