Two Park Rapids men were sentenced in separate drug cases Monday in Hubbard County District Court. One will go free immediately.
Over the weekend numerous arrests were carried out as local and area drug agents continue undercover buys. Those charges will be prosecuted in the coming months.
Harold Hanson, 41, was arrested in a trailer house in November with two other men in a large meth bust.
Because authorities couldn't link him directly to a backpack full of drugs found in the home, he was convicted of a Fifth Degree Controlled Substance Crime ad sentenced Monday to one year and a day in jail with all but six months suspended.
Hanson has been in custody since his arrest, so he has served his time and will be released. He was previously convicted of the same crime in 2009, according to state records.
Hanson was arrested with Darrol Allen Shepersky, 41, of Park Rapids and Joshua Paul Carlson, 31, of Eagan. The bust netted 90 grams of methamphetamine valued at $8,000.
Officers also seized $2,528 in cash. Shepersky and Carlson are scheduled for June trials.
In another meth case, Jerald Dean Drewes, 58, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for his role in the sale of meth to an undercover agent either in late December 2011 or January 2012. He was convicted of a Third Degree Controlled Substance Crime.
Drewes was previously convicted of "a controlled substance crime for which expiration of parole/probation was within the last 10 years," according to the complaint.
Two co-defendants in that case, Michael Fuller, 52, and Robert Fuller, 48, are also being prosecuted in that case.
Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said Drewes would first go to St. Cloud, where all inmates are sent that have been sentenced to prison.
Generally inmates undergo a 60-day evaluation period. Then Department of Corrections personnel determine which state facility will best serve their needs and they are transferred, Dearstyne said.