Joshua David Moltzan, 36, of Detroit Lakes was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony first-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on June 19, 2018, he sold 6.9 grams of meth for $500, along with $220 worth of marijuana butane oil, to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
A search warrant was executed at his home six days later. Officers found 48 grams of meth, 4.29 grams of heroin, 3.6 grams of cocaine, fentanyl patches, marijuana plants, a large amount of cash, numerous firearms, ammunition and a digital scale. He admitted he sells meth to a few people.
Officers also found and seized 48 snapping turtles, which are used for meat. The legal possession limit is three snapping turtles.
He appeared Oct. 17 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 65 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed for 30 years. He was ordered to serve 25 days in jail, with credit for 25 days served, and was fined $1,000 and $1,645 in court fees (which include $480 in restitution.)
He must successfully complete Drug Court and his hunting and fishing privileges were revoked for three years. He was placed on supervised probation for 30 years.
A misdemeanor fish and game charge of possessing over the legal limit of snapping turtles was dropped in a plea agreement.