Robbin Alexander McNeil, 57, of Fergus Falls was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Dec. 31, 2017, McNeil was in a car that was approached by a deputy after a complaint that the vehicle had been parked near a fish house for five hours with a man inside it.

The deputy smelled marijuana when he talked to McNeil, and when asked about it, McNeil handed over a bud from the center console. He also turned over a gallon baggie partially filled with marijuana, and admitted he had a couple pounds in the back of the vehicle.

A duffel bag in the back of the pickup truck revealed several pounds of loosely packed marijuana. In all, 3.58 pounds of marijuana was found.

He has a prior federal drug conviction and a fifth-degree felony drug conviction in Becker County from 2014.

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On Aug. 27 he appeared before District Judge Grethen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 17 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years.

McNeil was ordered to pay $665 in court fees, and to serve 150 days in jail, with credit for 150 days served. He must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including after care. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.