Minnesota man and woman face stiff drug charges

A Brainerd man and woman are facing prison time of up to 30 years after being charged with possessing and selling drugs. A search warrant for a property on Wise Road led to the discovery of around 15 grams of methamphetamine in addition to a large amount of cash. That quantity of meth is estimated to be worth about $2,000. A district court in Crow Wing also brought several other felony charges against the man, including several counts of fifth-degree drug possession and selling a marijuana-type mixture.

The district judge set the bail for the 41-year-old man at $75,000 if he agreed to specific conditions including random testing, not going into bars or similar establishments, not possessing drugs or alcohol and showing up to all court dates. His bail without these conditions was set at $150,000. For the 30-year-old woman, the bail with the same conditions was $25,000. Without conditions, her bail was $100,000.

The man was discovered outside of a camper, which was parked next to another motor vehicle that was being entered by the woman. One official found a small notepad, which appeared to contain lists of names with corresponding amounts of money that each person owed for drugs. A drug sniffing dog assisted officials in locating narcotics in two separate places. One of the stashes that the dog discovered included a plastic bag allegedly containing around a gallon of a marijuana-type substance. There was also a smoking device on the premises that supposedly contained residue of methamphetamine. The amount of marijuana found at the site ended up totaling 139.4 grams.

This is not the man’s first run-in with drug charges. He had been convicted of possessing a controlled substance in 2007. Unfortunately for him, sentences for repeat offenders can often be more harsh. Anyone who finds themselves facing a second offense should consider how valuable the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer can be.

Source: brainerddispatch.com/, “Brainerd residents face five felony drug charges” Jennifer Stockinger, Nov. 26, 2013

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

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