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Man must pay back task force after faking drug deals as informant

A Naytahwaush man pled guilty Friday in Becker County District Court to a felony charge of possession of simulated drugs.

According to court records, Kevin Lee Durant, 41, was hired as a police informant by a local drug task force, and was to set up a series of drug buys between July 6-Aug. 14, 2012.

In that time, he set up a total of seven false drug buys, and was given $2,000 in cash by the task force to purchase drugs, plus being paid $100 for each set-up.

None of the drug buys yielded any real drugs and Durant pocketed a total of $2,700 for the false buys.

Durant was given a one-year prison sentence, stayed on conditions including completion of 120 days in jail (with credit for 83 days already served) and up to four years of supervised probation. He must also pay $2,700 in restitution to the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and perform an undetermined amount of community service in lieu of a $1,000 fine.