PIPESTONE ― A former Pipestone woman will serve five years of supervised probation on three drug-sale cases for which she was arrested earlier this year.
Elizabeth Buffington, 44, of Granite Falls, was apprehended by the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force after a series of three sting operations in which a cooperating individual wearing a wire purchased controlled substances from her. Prescriptions sold include lisdexamfetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, and clonazepam, a Schedule IV controlled substance. She was charged with felony fourth-degree drug sale in each of the three cases.
When law enforcement executed the warrant in June, Buffington's home was searched, and officers found a number of items containing a white residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a minor child living in the home. These discoveries landed Buffington with additional felony charges of third-degree drug possession and storing meth in the presence of a child.
Buffington was found guilty on two out of three drug sale cases (with one dismissed as part of the plea deal) and the possession charge (with the storing meth in the presence of a child charge dismissed).
Fifth Judicial District Judge Terry Vajgrt sentenced Buffington Tuesday to one year and one day in prison, with a stay of execution. That means if Buffington abides by the terms of supervised probation for five years, she will not need to serve any additional time. Sentences for the three cases will be served concurrently. She is also to pay a $300 fine.