Jess Riley Johnson, 35, of rural Lake Park has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of first-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Sept. 25, he and two women were involved in the sale of nearly 23 grams of meth for $2,000 to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. Johnson admitted to playing middle man and setting up the transaction. The money was recovered.

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Johnson appeared in court March 13 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who sentenced him to 64 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed 20 years.

He was ordered to serve 169 days in jail, with credit granted for 169 days served. He was ordered to remain in jail until transported to the Teen Challenge in-patient chemical dependency recovery program.

He was fined $500, plus $665 in court fees, and ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol, submit to random testing, get complete chemical dependency evaluation, and complete the Teen Challenge program for adults. He was placed on supervised probation for 20 years.