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Jury trial set for woman facing felony drug charge

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Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

A Detroit Lakes woman who was arrested in January in Otter Tail County on suspicion of methamphetamine possession is scheduled to face a jury April 3.

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Jessica Ann Anderson, 30, is facing a felony drug charge in Otter Tail County Court for the alleged possession.

A call regarding Anderson's well-being was made to Otter Tail County dispatch by a woman alleging Anderson was laying outside on the ground - with no shoes or jacket - yelling.

According to the complaint, Anderson was concerned that she was being chased, prompting her to run away from the woman's home and onto the road. After lying in the road for a while, Anderson allegedly got up and began to walk away.

That's when law enforcement discovered her.

When the officer responded, he discovered a woman walking north on Highway 35, near Little Owl Road. The woman was reportedly talking to herself, waving her arms and crying. The temperature at the time of the incident was 10 degrees.

Anderson first refused to get into the squad car, but later complied. She told the officer people were trying to kidnap her - one of those people was her husband, Ira James Anderson, who was arrested a few days later and faces a charge in Otter Tail County Court for felony possession of an assault weapon.

When Anderson was taken to the home where the initial call was made, she was shown a jacket and asked to confirm that it was hers. After positively identifying her jacket, a glass light bulb with a straw sticking out of it (similar to methamphetamine paraphernalia) was discovered.

Anderson was taken to Perham Health for evaluation and to the Perham Police Department, where the residue found inside the light bulb was positively identified as methamphetamine.

Anderson is scheduled to face a jury in Otter Tail County Court April 3. Her husband, Ira James Anderson, has not pleaded in his case.

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