Olivia Woman Sentenced in Drug Case 31 May 12

An Olivia woman will serve over 8 years in prison after drug task force agents seized more than 43 grams of methamphetamine from her home.

The West Central Tribune reports 52-year-old Mary Jane Lara was sentenced Wednesday in District Court in Olivia to serve 98 months. Renville County Assistant Attorney Glen Jacobsen says Lara had pleaded guilty March 2nd to an amended felony charge of first-degree possession of drugs – 25 grams or more. –

The sentence is the presumptive sentence for the charge under state guidelines and based on her prior criminal history. Agents with the Brown, Lyon, Lincoln, Redwood and Renville Counties Drug Task Force arrested Lara when they executed a search warrant on June 6th, 2011, at her home in Olivia.

According to the complaint, officers seized 41 grams of methamphetamine from various locations in the home. Some of the methamphetamine was individually wrapped.

The agents also seized a digital scale, numerous notes listing money owed for sales, drug smoking devices, packaging materials and needles, according to the complaint. Lara has a previous federal conviction in Texas for aiding and abetting illegal entry, and for failure to appear in court, according to court documents.