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Frazee woman gets jail time

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A Frazee woman has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony drug possession charge.

Heather Anne Rowan, 33, of 18879 Blauert Road, Frazee, was given a stay of sentence adjudication on conditions including completion of 30 days in jail and up to five years of supervised probation, as well as payment of $1,085 in court fines and fees.

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If she successfully completes probation, the felony charge will be dismissed.

Rowan and Jeremy Pihlaja were both charged after law enforcement officers came to the residence they shared on Sept. 21, to investigate a report that marijuana was being grown there.

Upon questioning, Pihlaja allegedly admitted that he had been growing marijuana at two nearby locations — about 40-50 plants in total — but had removed them due to worries about the weather and possible frost damage.

A subsequent search of an outbuilding on the property yielded eight gallon-sized plastic bags and two sandwich-sized bags, all containing marijuana buds and plant material.

Also found at the scene was a large black garbage bag containing a green-colored dugout and some plant material, six sandwich sized-bags with more marijuana buds, and other paraphernalia.

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