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Man sentenced for selling meth near Frazee

Jesse James Alford, 40, of Palisade, Minn,. has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of fourth-degree controlled substance crime.

The original charge of felony second-degree controlled substance crime was reduced in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on Jan. 22 near Frazee, he and a woman sold 11.47 grams of meth to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. He admitted he came to Becker County to sell drugs. He was previously convicted of felony third-degree controlled substance crime.

Alford appeared in Becker County District Court May 20 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 24 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed 15 years. He was ordered to serve 119 days in jail, with credit for 119 days served, and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $665 in court fees.

He was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He must complete the long-term Adult and Teen Challenge program, and was placed on supervised probation for 15 years.