Bark River woman awaits sentencing in meth case

Jessica Urmanski

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Bark River woman will be sentenced Sept. 17 in Dickinson County Circuit Court after accepting a plea deal Monday on methamphetamine charges.

Jessica Lee Urmanski, 35, pleaded guilty to possession of meth, a 10-year felony, in exchange for the prosecution dismissing an identical count and Urmanski’s habitual offender-second status, court officials said.

KIND Drug Team officers, with the help of a confidential informant, purchased meth April 5 from 30-year-old Robert Donald Kotula of Virginia, Minn., and 30-year-old Kristen Nicole Mercier of Bark River, according to the initial press release from KIND and the criminal complaint.

Officers then followed their vehicle to an Iron Mountain hotel and saw several people go inside.

Officers arranged a second controlled buy and then followed the vehicle to the north side of Iron Mountain, where they pulled it over and arrested the occupants, the release states.

Urmanski had a bag of meth in her purse and a hypodermic needle containing meth inside her bra, according to the complaint.

A search warrant at the hotel, where Kotula had rented a room, revealed about 40 grams of crystal meth hidden in the ceiling, as well as digital scales and other drug paraphernalia, according to the release.

Kotula and Mercier will return to court Aug. 23 for supplemental pre-trial conferences.

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