A trail of text messages led Winona County Sheriff’s deputies to arrest an adult woman and four juvenile males from Lewiston with selling prescription drugs and marijuana last week.
According to the complaint, text messages uncovered by deputies through reports and a series of searches indicated over the past three months the woman had sold marijuana to the four young men in exchange for cash and the prescription drugs Percocet, which contains oxycodone, and Adderall, which contains amphetamine. The messages also indicate that the woman used the young men as dealers for selling marijuana to others, and at times gave the young men cigarettes and alcohol in exchange for the prescription drugs.
The text messages indicate that the young men may have been stealing the prescription drugs from family members with prescriptions. In the execution of searches, deputies found trace amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at two of the males’ residences and amphetamine pills at the woman’s residence that were identical to pills found at another one of the males’ residence, according to the complaint.
The woman, Schenia Latrice Pettit, 26, of Lewiston, is charged with eight counts of felony third-degree conspiracy with a person under 18 to sell controlled substances—four counts for marijuana, two counts for oxycodone, and two for amphetamine. Each of the charges carries a 20-year or more maximum sentence.
A 16-year-old boy is charged with third-degree conspiracy to sell oxycodone, fourth-degree sale of amphetamine, and fifth-degree conspiracy to sell marijuana.
A 17-year-old boy is charged with fourth-degree sale of amphetamine.
Another 16-year-old boy is charged with three counts of conspiracy to sell marijuana.
Another 17-year-old boy is charged with fifth-degree sale of marijuana.