Petersburg woman convicted of importing meth

A Petersburg woman has been found guilty of importing 51 grams of methamphetamine into Alaska for sale in her Southeast Alaska fishing community.

Helen Olson, 50, was convicted on May 24 of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree, according to the state Attorney General’s office.

Conviction stemmed from interception of a package sent to Olson from San Diego, Calif., after a canine alert indicating that the package contained drugs. Authorities searched the parcel pursuant to a court order and found methamphetamine inside.

Olson later picked up the package at the Petersburg post office and when officers got a search warrant on Olson’s residence, they found the package, plus smaller baggies with a crystalline substance that field tested positive for meth within the residence.

Olson is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 27. She faces a sentence of zero to 10 years in prison for a class B felony conviction.