An Alexandria woman is charged with third degree murder and bringing contraband -- methamphetamine -- into a prison.
Authorities allege that Melissa Rae Guillette gave gelatin capsules filled with meth to an inmate, a friend she was visiting at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault on September 4.
The inmate, Jason Nyberg, died on September 5 and an autopsy determined that the cause of death was an overdose of meth.
On September 7, the Faribault Police Department executed a search warrant at Guillette's residence in rural Alexandria. They received assistance from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the Alexandria Police Department, Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force and the Rice County Sheriff's Office.
A large amount of methamphetamine and gelatin capsules similar to those used to smuggle the drugs into the correctional facility were located at her home, according to police.
On September 28, Guillette was arrested without incident at her home.
"Unfortunately, criminals find creative ways to hide contraband from authorities and choose to engage in risky behavior and this inmate lost his life," said Faribault Police Chief Andy Bohlen in a news release. "Thankfully, local law enforcement has a strong relationship with the Minnesota Correctional Facility in our community and we were able to resolve this death investigation and arrest a suspect that introduced illegal drugs into the prison."