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Judge dismisses drug charge against Osage woman

A felony charge has been dismissed in Becker County District Court against Jennifer Jean Buhr, 37, of rural Osage.

She was charged with fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, at 10:07 a.m. on May 26 a deputy was called to the Waboose Lake public access, where Buhr had been stopped by an officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The officer had searched her purse and allegedly found a black rectangular box containing meth, along with drug-related items. She allegedly admitted to the deputy that the meth belonged to her.

At a contested omnibus hearing on Sept. 20, defense attorney Johnathan Judd motioned to suppress evidence and dismiss the charge, arguing that Buhr's vehicle and her purse were searched illegally and her Miranda rights were violated. The Fish and Wildlife officer's body camera footage was received into evidence, and testimony was heard.

On Nov. 2, Becker County District Court Judge Gretchen Thilmony granted the defense motion and dismissed the case.