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.
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.