Intended meth dealer sentenced to three years in prison

A 28-year-old Minot woman will serve about three years in prison for intent to deal methamphetamine, possession of meth paraphernalia and escape charges.

Terri Leigh Zephier pleaded guilty Thursday in district court in Minot to the Class A felony possession of meth with intent to deliver and Class C felony possession of meth paraphernalia charges. Under the terms of a plea deal, the state dropped a Class B felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver charge, two Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia charges and one Class A misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

Zephier was arrested on Jan. 21 when she was a passenger in a car that was stopped by police for expired registration tags near Holiday Park. Police said she smelled of marijuana and refused to give the officer her name when she was questioned. She resisted arrest when the officer tried to handcuff her. She was carrying a bag containing 26 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sale and meth paraphernalia including a scale and pipe.

Judge Doug Mattson sentenced her to 10 years in prison, with all time suspended but the three years, and three years of supervised probation for the intent to deal meth charge. She was sentenced to three years for possession of meth paraphernalia and given credit for 70 days. She must also pay court costs and obtain a chemical dependency evaluation.

Zephier also pleaded guilty Thursday to a Class C felony escape charge dating back to Sept. 8, 2016. She was sentenced to three years, with credit for 62 days served.

– Andrea Johnson