Woman pleads guilty in Alden drug arrest

Jocelyn Pater

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – A Freeborn County woman has decided to plead guilty to a drug charge.

19-year-old Jocelyn Leslie Pater of Emmons and 24-year-old David Wesley Neely of Albert Lea were arrested after law enforcement visited the home where they were staying in Alden on June 23.  Authorities say that’s where they discovered methamphetamine, oxycodone and lorazepam.

Pater and Neely allegedly argued over who would take the blame for the drugs as law enforcement searched their living areas.

Both initially pleaded not guilty to four counts of drug possession.  Pater eventually entered a guilty plea to 5th degree possession of lorazepam.  A count of possession of methamphetamine was dismissed against Neely in August and the other charges were dropped after he was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Blue Earth County on November 28.

On Thursday in Freeborn County District Court, Pater was given a stay of adjudication and ordered to spend five years on supervised probation.  If she meets the terms of her probation, this conviction will be removed from Pater’s record.

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