Local Attorney Arrested In Undercover Drug Sting

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A private practice attorney in Aitkin has landed on the wrong side of the law.

Crow Wing County drug task force officers arrested 41-year-old Jennifer Cummings in an undercover drug sting Wednesday morning in Brainerd.

Officers say Cummings was attempting to buy the powerful stimulant drug, Adderall along with some methamphetamine from an undercover officer at a private residence.

Cummings will likely be charged with fifth-degree felony drug possession.

Cummings remains free on bond. The drug Adderall is widely prescribed to help children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.

  • johns A. stoner

    wow, i though adderal was only used among younger kids adults, any one differ that opinion? please respond,

    • Dr. Feelgood

      Doctors dole out Adderal to adults too. This would have appealed to Jennifer, because the effects are a stimulant type of “high”.

  • shawn laughton

    this is my lawyer…shes a good one too. people have rough times in life yo. dont judge as someones always judging you. chin up lady youll do just fine :)

  • 22 year old survivng

    very understandble shawn, i hope she learns from this, i was dishcrged from the army for controlled substance abuse, it was a 1 time occurnce that happend to have someone snitch, i told the truth but gotta face your actions, life moves on, take it all in stride, thats all u can do sometime.

  • Kristen

    As an attorney I would hope to have one a bit brighter than her – good luck with that!

    • steve hartman

      you must think she,s a good attorney then,, seings,,good luck with finding a better one ,, hu??? how you like that !!!

      • shawn laughton

        Dude…this makes no sense.

  • Joy

    Best wishes to Jennifer. She is very effective in court and I hope this does not hamper this.

  • mrs3406

    I am not sure I would want her to represent me in any case unless of course it was a controlled substance crime!! And yes I am sure she does very well in court as long as she has her stimulants to keep her going!! I just don’t think this woman diserves to have her license to continue law when she can’t abide by the law herself!!

  • Jo

    Meth?!? Classy drug of choice !! a felony?!? Something tells me she won’t be practicing law much longer. Hope she is effective at appearing in court……as the defendent!
    I’m sure her family is soooo proud. Or, maybe they can relate. (Yup…that’s right…we know)

    • Jonathon

      Well, if you believe in our system, then you also know a person is innocent until proven guilty. <– period.

    • Offended

      What is this supposed to mean? No, as a family member I AM NOT PROUD. But, she is my aunt and she has struggled for a long time and maybe now she will be given the help she needs. I’ve prayed for her many times and all I can do is leave it in God’s hands. What is this supposed to mean that maybe we can relate? You shouldn’t say anything until you’ve dealt with a family member who has undergone a problem that they are struggling with. You obviously DON’T know my family. So please, keep your “all-knowing” comments to yourself.

    • StrengthinFamily

      read below Jo, all the way at the bottom. You don’t have a frickin clue about this family, so shut it.

      • Jo

        Thanks for the tip StrengthinFamily. I did read all the way to the bottom. WOW!! I didn’t have a clue how messed up she was! Using her clients to buy drugs – I’m glad I did read till the end.

  • Clair

    As i sit here and read this i am forced to wonder how hypocritical one person can be… As i made my way through the sobriety court program i listened to hours upon hours to jennifer preach of the importance of sobriety and what it means to her…. Jennifer a member of a panel that made a commitment to the programs members who are dealing with addiction. A member of a panel designed to guide and enforce how these members deal with thier issues. A member of a panel who decideds how many drug tests they get a week always ending each weeks court speach with a quote from her precious big book.. I can just hear it now addiction is a disease…. BULLSHIT it is a choice….. A choice only you can make…. A choice that comes with consequences…. And where was her book today???? Maybe it is time we practice what we are so proud to stand up and preach!!!!!!

    • Robyn

      In fact, addiction is a word used by the media and picked up by the lay person. In the DSM-IV, substance abuse and substance dependence are both indeed diseases.
      You sound a bit bitter, though. Good luck with that.

  • C.A

    she got what she deserves!!! i would not want an attorney that is high on meth and taking perscriptions drugs illeagaly on any case of mine!!! This lady Jennifer is a joke!!! she needs her licens taken away and never be allowed to practice law ever again and get what other people get for getting caught with drugs!! JAIL TIME!!!!!!!!!! SHE NEEDS TO PAY FOR THE ACTIONS!!! I’m praying they are just as hard if not harder on her!!!!

    • Jonathon

      Got what? . . . She deserves, what? Mayhaps a fair trial, maybe protections we all consitutionally have earned? You assume facts not in evidence. Try again. You fail.

      • ToeCutter

        As much as I despise meth, I believe in our founding priciples of democracy. She deserves a fair trial like we all are entitled to. If she is guilty, then she deserves to be punished as the law dictates. Congratulations to the Brainerd Lakes Area Drug Task Force. They just busted a meth lab a week ago on the 700 Block of Laurel St. You boys are sure on a roll. God Bless you!

      • mark from mntaxwaste.com

        @Jonathon Do you talk the way you type because your stupidity is on a roll today

  • Jonathon

    Well. So judgmental. First, try to correct your grammar and spelling, “T.” If you wish an ad

    hominem argument, you win at that fallacy, so far. If I were to meet you on your playing field,

    I’d greet you with the popular “STFU,” but I won’t. Too rude.

    So she is a joke. Provide proof. If you can’t, then YOU are a joke. You say she “deserves”

    something, but can’t provide any proof or conclusion. Don’t you know that since our liberation

    • Jonathon

      from England, the innocent must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and may present

      witnesess, or not? I’m sure a further iteration of the rights afforded an accused beyond what I

      provided would cause you to wallow in disbelief and further confound you. Sorry.

      T, you just present your ignorance, nothing more. Unless you can bring something that is

      actually remotely intelligent, (which I believe you cannot) then just SHUT UP.

    • Jonathon

      I would challenge you, or anyone, to actually bring an argument forward with proof, evidence,

      and witnesses, which is what is required to make a case. If you cannot you are just an ignorant

      individual who mires him/herself in the stupidity in which you choose to live. Your dedication

      to your argument (by posting with your extreme “brevity of wit” contrary to any exclamation by

      Alexander Pope) just demonstrates you are an idiot, nothing more. You are, almost a waste of my

      time to respond. Almost. . .

      Any other “Citizens” want to post to blame Ms. Cummings prior to her constitutionally protected

      conviction, post here. You will prove yourself as dumb as you accuse her to be. I will


    • mark from mntaxwaste.com

      @Jonathon What a DA remark you just made! You look like a fool but i’m sure you have already been told that

  • T

    Jonathon how about gets what she deserves!!!! Does that work for you? There are folks on here that know her very well and what she has done. She needs a very well taught lesson but knowing that county and their system she will only get a slap on the wrist. If you really knew what happened you would not be leaving comments like that. She did wrong and needs to pay the piper now. She has not only screwed her life but many others also by not representing them properly because of being high. Karma has ways of coming back to haunt you always remeber that, her time has come. How about the protections she was supposed to be giving her clients ever think of that?

    • ToeCutter

      Hey T, did you ever think that jonathon may have litigated cases with her and knows her abilities as an attorney better than you?

  • sal

    I have known Jennifer since grade school. She has struggled with drug issues for years and this isn’t the first time she has had problems. It is unfortunate because she is comes across as a very strong, intelligent, put-together woman . You would never guess it if you met her in person. She has an addiction

  • T

    I also had the unfortunate pleasure of meeting Jennifer on a case she was working on. How nobody that works with her didn’t know she was on drugs amazes me. Her actions in what she has done not only to herself but to some of her clients deserve real legal action not a slap on the wrist which will more then likely will happen. She has done a lot of damage to people that depended on her to protect them in the court room. Maybe with some prayers the ones she deceived can actually get the help she was paid to do in the first place. This should be an interesting case on how the justice system works when one of their own are on trial.

    • C.A

      @ T i agree with you.. but i am going to pray that they take this case serious if not more serious then anyother because like you said she was suppose to be helping her clients in stead of being high and tweeking out on cases and never geting anything done!!! god bless you T and may god help the people that she had represented….

  • Your Niece

    Jen, I am happy that you were caught. I love you very much and I don’t want to see you doing this anymore. If this is what it’ll take to change that, then so be it. Because you’ve got a family that needs you and loves you. And we do want you around for a long time. So I am thankful that maybe now you’ll get the help you need. You’re still my Aunt Jennifer and I won’t think of you any differently. As long as you learn from this.

    • ToeCutter

      Oh Niece, God hasn’t turned his back on your Auntie. I’ll pray for her and your family.

      • StrengthinFamily

        You are a good person ToeCutter:) Thank you.

  • StrengthinFamily

    I love you Offended. And I am not proud either, nor do I condone what she has done. Our family is a wonderful family and I don’t know what this Jo thinks she “knows” but obviously Jo’s mother forgot to give her nurishment during the vulnerable stage of childhood when the brain was developing, because she doesn’t know much.
    We as a family will stick together like always and support Jen’s husband and children and give them all of the love we have to get them through this terrible time. Most of the rest of you should get a life and look in the mirror. And then realize that you are not God, only human and you should think about the others that are affected by this.

    • JoAnn

      I don’t think brain nourishment is the relevant issue here – but i do know that I wouldn’t “nourish” my brain with meth or prescription drugs, so i must know more than some people. Chemical dependency of any kind has consequences – to the entire family.

      • StrengthinFamily

        Nor would I or anyone else in my family….I was talking about your comment….”Or, maybe they can relate. (Yup…that’s right…we know)” That is what I was referring to. You implied something there…..what would that be?

  • StrengthinFamily

    nourishment…..excuse me.

  • C.A


    • ToeCutter

      Everyone deserves a fair trial and a jury of their peers CA> She hasn’t been charged formally yet, so save your comments till she’s convicted.

  • AH

    i have seen jennifer in court more times than i care to count. she has made a joke of the system many times over. she herself is a very judgmental person. i think clair said it the best. i would also like to defend her family. jennifer made her own decisions. her family can’t control her and they should be left out of it. i am just glad no one got her. now it is time to pull her license so we don’t have to listen to her in court anymore.

    • Tony the Nose

      Well, AH, much to your dismay, Jennifer will still be practicing law. I feel 99% sure of this. If I had a penny for everytime I heard of a lawyer getting popped for buying drugs, I’d be a fricken millionaire.

  • Concerned

    Seriously people? Can’t you see that your hateful comments are hurting Jennifer’s niece even more than the fact that her aunt has been arrested? The family is upset enough; leave them alone.

    • ToeCutter

      @Concerned…Really! Save the poison for the conviction.

  • T

    Concerned, I don`t see anyone attacking Jennifer`s family on here at all. I also feel for them in this bad situation. It does hurt when a family member has done wrong and got in trouble but that person needs to learn they can not do this kind of stuff and get away with it. It seems Jennifer has had problems for alot longer then I even thought and that is what makes this so bad on how and why something has not been done before now. I also feel even worse for the people she was supposed to be representing, how would you feel being represented by an attorney that was paid to help you and was to busy getting high to know how to represent you. This is what is so bad here, she knows how to manipulate the system and apperently knows enough people to help her at it. I do agree she deserves a fair trial but lets be real here, this is someone from within the so called justice system, so how fair is it going to be compared to the average person that gets in trouble and pays dearly for it. I doubt she will have to pay the piper like most people or clients have had to do. It`s cases like this that get handled behind closed doors instead of in the open like everyone else. Also what about the people she was paid to help what happens to them???

  • akhanlonroque

    Jennifer is a close friend of mine. I taught both her children, and I love them like they’re my own. It is amazing to me how much time some of the people above have had to sit and condemn someone’s actions. How nice it would be to be that perfect. Or does it just make you feel that much better to jump on the “bashing bandwagon”? No matter what, Jennifer is a mom, a sister, a daughter, an aunt,… and a great friend. She has my prayers and support 100%. I also pray that none of you, or your children, ever have to experience the strong hold of addiction.

    • ToeCutter

      Unfortunantly addiction runs rampant through Crow Wing and Aitkin Counties. It’s easier that one would expect to get sucked into.

  • shawn laughton

    You all judgmental people should take a look in the mirror I’m sure most of you have smoked pot ( a control substance) drank coffee ( a stimulate)…. judge not as others are judging you…. seriously Jennifer is a very good lawyer. And a good person she was there for me in court and to se me off to Iraq. I got her back as she had mine.

  • Ellie

    Well put. Jennifer is just as human as any one of us. We all face struggles, and her addiction is her’s. Behind the addiction, however, is a very VERY kind woman who loves her children and all of the people around her. As someone who has held countless heart-to-hearts with Jennifer, I can say that she is an extremely understanding and NON-judgmental person (sorry to burst AH’s bubble) and I have yet to run into an instance where she hasn’t offered great support and love.
    My prayers go out to her and her family, as they are all amazing people. Sometimes addiction gets the best of us, even those as wonderful as Jennifer.

    • v

      her addiction may be hers but when she black mails her clients and steels from them that affects them too she needs to be punnished not only for theft but for abuse of vulnerable people, she endangers children not only her own but others.

  • D

    Boy, and I thought I was judgemental! I also know Jennifer personally. The only thing she is guilty of is choosing a profession where people like you can hold her to a higher standard. I agree with concerned…get a life…keep your nasty comments to yourself. I have a brother who has a prescription for adderall. Guess what folks, all you have to do is find a prescription writing happy doctor and you can get it too.

  • Disappointed

    Some of these responses defending Jennifer are pathetic! Honestly, I am surprised it took this long for Jennifer’s conduct to be made public. It is time Jennifer put on her big girl pants and finally hold herself accountable for the choices she has made in life. She has had the unconditional love and support of her family but it is difficult to continue to support someone who does not take responsibility for her actions. Jennifer has hurt many loved ones with the decisions she has made. I only hope she will take this experience seriously. Quit judging others, take a true look in the mirror and do the right thing. NO MORE EXCUSES!

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