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Sitka woman sentenced in drug case

A Sitka woman will spend about another year in jail for her involvement with methamphetamine. Sitka Superior Court Judge David George sentenced 45-year-old Tina Bettencourt to 22 months in prison for third degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Bettencourt has been in jail since November 2011. She was charged after a drug bust two months earlier at her home in the 1500 block of Johnston Street. Police found guns, cash and a variety of drugs including meth, cocaine, heroin and assorted prescription medication.

Bettencourt’s sentence is 22 months, but that includes the time she’s already spent in jail. She has less than half her sentence left to serve. Originally, she faced seven drug-related counts, but the other six were dismissed.

The drug bust that led to Tina Bettencourt’s arrest also included her husband and son. Charges in the drug case against 23-year-old Jeffrey Bettencourt were dismissed, but the he did plead guilty last week to assault in connection with a 2010 case.

45-year-old Christopher Bettencourt’s case is still pending before the court.

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