News Release
May 13, 2008
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-2597

Two Minnesota Residents Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine

MAY 13 -- (MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) – A 40-year old Kimball, Minnesota woman, the last of three defendants connected to a trio distributing the highly addictive and dangerous drug methamphetamine, was sentenced last week in federal court.

Kelly Paul Peterson was sentenced in the District of Minnesota in Minneapolis by United States District Court Judge Donovan Frank to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release on one count of aiding and abetting distribution of methamphetamine.

Two other defendants were sentenced in April, Scot Orris Rolla, 48 Hutchinson, MN, was sentenced to 108 months in prison and five years of supervised release on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Linda Fay Otteson, 44 Hutchinson, MN, was sentenced to three years probation on one count of aiding and abetting distribution of methamphetamine. All three defendants were charged in a superseding indictment in October 2007 and all three pleaded guilty in early January 2008 to their respective charges.

The case is the result of a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Hutchinson Police Department and the Southwest Metro Drug Task Force. “This investigation exemplified the outstanding working relationships between federal, state and local law enforcement partners in Minnesota,” stated Gary G. Olenkiewicz, the DEA’s Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division, which covers Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. “It is our mission to continue to dismantle drug distribution networks and improve the quality of life in our communities.”

The three defendants were arrested in May, 2007 following an undercover purchase of 8 grams of methamphetamine. Police executed a search warrant at Peterson’s residence and recovered approximately 4 grams of methamphetamine. A related search of Rolla’s apartment resulted in an additional seizure of approximately 120 grams of methamphetamine, drug trafficking paraphernalia and $6,800 in U.S. currency.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Dunne and Kimberly Svendsen.