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DL woman sentenced for selling heroin

Amber Lynn Shaugabay, 25, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony first-degree controlled substance crime. A second felony charge of first-degree controlled substance crime was dismissed in a plea agreement.

According to court records, Shaugabay and a man were caught dealing heroin out of their Detroit Lakes motel room, and law enforcement officers found 59 grams of heroin in a safe on a dresser in their motel room.

During the search on Nov. 29, 2016, officers with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force also found other things associated with drug sales, including $4,099 cash, two digital scales, multiple baggies and a razor blade.

Also in the safe was a .25 caliber handgun with one live round in the magazine.

Police also found 3.5 grams of heroin in a baggie on a bedroom dresser, along with meth in a baggie in a bedroom and a small amount of heroin in a purse.

In November of 2016, the couple allegedly sold heroin to a series of visitors to their motel room. The motel wasn't named in the complaint.

Shaugabay arranged the meetings and the man went out to the cars, sitting for a short while and making the sale.

Shaugabay appeared in court April 12 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who stayed imposition of sentence and ordered her to serve 194 days in jail, with credit for 194 days served. She must pay a $1,000 fine and $1,160 in court fees, and was ordered to successfully complete Becker County Drug Court.

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