Court news: Detroit Lakes man sentenced for marijuana – Detroit Lakes Tribune

Sentenced for 64 grams marijuana

Matthew Wayne Covey, 34, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on July 16, 2021, a Detroit Lakes police officer who knew his license was revoked saw him driving on Wilson Avenue. Covey saw the squad car and quickly pulled over, and when the officer pulled up and talked to him, he saw a four-inch red straw in the center console that had white powder in it.

Covey admitted there was marijuana in the vehicle and that the passenger had a pipe. Officers searched the vehicle and found a bag of marijuana in Covey’s backpack that weighed a little over two ounces.

On Jan. 18, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Covey to a year and a day in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years.

He was ordered to serve four days in jail, with credit for four days served, and to pay $650 in court fees.

He must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and was placed on supervised probation for five years. A misdemeanor charge of driving after revocation was dropped in a plea agreement.

Felony charges dropped against former DL man

Two felony charges – violating the predatory offender registration requirements and escape from custody – have been dismissed in Becker County District Court against Benjarmin Maurice Mitzel, 25, of Lino Lakes.

The Becker County Attorney’s Office dismissed the charges because credit for time served would have more than covered his sentence, and he remains on supervised release for life on other matters, according to the Jan. 20 motion to dismiss.

According to court records, Mitzel is required to register as a predatory offender for life under Minnesota law and is required to wear an electronic ankle monitor. On Jan. 30, 2021, in Detroit Lakes, his probation officer received a tamper alert from the monitoring company regarding his device, which had been cut and was ultimately found in a trash can at Holiday convenience store. A warrant was issued for Mitzel, and he was arrested about two weeks later in North Dakota and sent to prison in Minnesota for violating his supervised release.

West Fargo man sentenced for Becker County DWI

Jared Michael Noel, 34, of West Fargo has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony DWI.

A second felony DWI charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on Sept. 4, 2020, a Becker County deputy saw a black truck tailgating another vehicle on County Road 5 near Wermager Beach Road.

The truck continued to drive erratically, crossing over the fog line four times. Noel was the driver, and the deputy immediately smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle and noticed his eyes were bloodshot and watery. An open case of Heineken and multiple unopened cans of Bud Light were in the back seat. Noel’s blood alcohol level tested at .12% at the jail. He was convicted of felony DWI in 2011.

On Jan. 18, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Noel to 42 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed seven years.

Noel must serve 180 days in jail, with credit for four days served. Work release privileges were granted. He must serve 30 days on electronic home monitoring for each year on supervised probation.

He was fined $500 plus $575 in court fees and was placed on supervised probation for seven years.

He must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and complete the North Dakota 24/7 DWI program, with daily monitoring and testing.

Frazee woman meets conditions, felony charge dismissed

A felony charge of aiding an offender has been dismissed in Becker County District Court against Deserre Marie Anderson, 34, of Frazee because she successfully completed the requirements of the court.

According to court records, in 2018 Anderson tried to help an accused sex offender by asking at least one witness not to truthfully cooperate with a law enforcement investigation.

The charge was dismissed Jan. 14 because Anderson successfully completed supervised probation and other court requirements.

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