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Aitkin attorney charged in connection with drug case
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

An Aitkin-based attorney has been charged on two felony counts stemming from her January arrest in southeast Brainerd for possession of methamphetamine and the psychostimulant medication Adderall. 

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Jennifer Lynn Cummings, 41, was charged Feb. 23 in Crow Wing County District Court with two counts of felony fifth-degree possession of drugs. 

Cummings is scheduled to make her first court appearance on the charges at 9 a.m. on March 21. The case is being prosecuted by the Hennepin County Attorney’s office due to conflict of interest issues, Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan said. 

Cummings could not be reached for comment Thursday.

According to the statement of probable cause filed against Cummings:

• In January officers with the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division received information from a known informant that Cummings had been using the informant to get methamphetamine and Adderall, a controlled substance.

• On Jan. 11 a meeting was arranged where Cummings was to purchase methamphetamine and Adderall from the informant. The meeting was set at a residence on the 1000 block of Quince Street in Brainerd. 

• Cummings wanted to purchase 17 pills of Adderall at $5 a piece. Also, Cummings was to receive a quarter gram of methamphetamine for which she prepaid the informant $50. 

• Officers obtained methamphetamine and Adderall to use in the delivery to Cummings. Both the methamphetamine and Adderall previously tested positive by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. 

• When Cummings arrived at the residence on Quince Street the informant and an undercover office, who was acting as the informant’s source for the drugs, were inside. Cummings paid the informant $85 and the informant told Cummings the undercover officer had the methamphetamine and Adderall. Cummings instructed the undercover officer to put the package containing methamphetamine and Adderall on a counter. The undercover officer did so, Cummings picked up the methamphetamine and Adderall and as she left the residence it was observed she had placed the methamphetamine and Adderall in her bra. 

• Cummings was stopped by officers as she went to leave in her vehicle. Cummings was brought to jail, where staff was unable to locate the drugs on Cummings. Officers searched the vehicle in which Cummings was transported to jail and located the methamphetamine and Adderall in the passenger compartment. The drugs were found as previously packaged to deliver to Cummings, including 17 1/4 pills of Adderall and 0.5 grams of methamphetamine with packaging. No other individuals were transported in the vehicle from the time Cummings was brought to jail to the time the drugs were recovered. 

Cummings was released jail on her own recognizance the same day she was arrested. The maximum penalty for charges felony fifth-degree possession of drugs is five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. 

There was no information from the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility in St. Paul on whether an investigation has started concerning Cummings. A spokeswoman on Thursday said Cummings was licensed and active, and there had been no public discipline. 

MATT ERICKSON may be reached at matt.erickson@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5857.

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