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St. Cloud man caught selling drugs will avoid prison

A St. Cloud man caught selling drugs at the 10,000 Lakes Festival received a downward departure from state sentencing guidelines and will avoid prison if he stays out of trouble.

Blain Thomas Rathmann, 21, was charged in Becker County District Court with felony second-degree controlled substance crime -- possession with intent to sell, and felony second-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on July 25 private security workers at the festival saw him selling drugs and searched his backpack.

It contained 82 grams of ecstasy in powder form, 411 ecstasy gel caps, 104 grams of psychedelic mushrooms, 50 dosage units of LSD and $1,168 in cash, among other things.

He admitted the drugs were his and that he had been engaged in drug sales.

On Jan. 12, District Judge Peter Irvine sentenced him on the second count to four years in prison, stayed 25 years. He was placed on supervised probation.

He must serve six months in jail, which can be served at another Minnesota jail at his own expense. He must speak to students about drugs four times during his first year of probation.

He must pay a total of $1,090 in fines and fees.

His attorney successfully argued for a lighter sentence because Rathmann had no prior criminal record, cooperated with police, was remorseful, and was amenable to probation.