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Drug, witness tampering charges dropped

Felony drug and witness tampering charges have been dismissed in Becker County District Court against Joshua Allen Croud, 29, of Ponsford because federal charges have been filed in the same case.

Croud was charged with felony first-degree and fifth-degree controlled substance crime and felony witness tampering after allegedly being caught running meth from St. Cloud to White Earth, then threatening a witness in the case.

According to court records, on Oct. 17 a special agent with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force had information that Croud and two other people were driving to St. Cloud to buy meth to sell on the White Earth Reservation. Cell phone records indicated that Croud was in St. Cloud on Oct. 16 and was now heading back to Becker County.

The three had earlier been stopped by officers in Hennepin County and 139 grams of meth were found.

Croud was pulled over for driving 75-80 mph on Highway 87 in Becker County. He had a half-gram of heroin on him. One of the others had 15.5 grams of meth, and 75 grams of meth were found on the third person at the Becker County Jail.

State charges were dropped because Croud faces a more significant penalty in federal court, according to a court filing by Becker County Attorney's Office.

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