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Court news: Detroit Lakes man gets 81 months in prison after meth found in home

In a bedroom, 11 grams of methamphetamine were found on the floor near the bed, 24 grams of meth were found between the bed mattresses, and 32 grams were found in the closet. A total of approximately 67 grams of field-positive methamphetamine was found during the search.

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DETROIT LAKES — Craig Ryan Schwoboda, 44, of rural Detroit Lakes has been sentenced to prison after 67 grams of meth were found during a search of his house.

According to court records, on Aug. 31, 2021, officers with the West Central Drug Task Force and Becker County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for Schwoboda’s residence on Maple Lane in rural Detroit Lakes.

In a bedroom, 11 grams of methamphetamine were found on the floor near the bed, 24 grams of meth were found between the bed mattresses, and 32 grams were found in the closet. A total of approximately 67 grams of field-positive methamphetamine was found during the search.

Schwoboda was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony first-degree controlled substance crime. Several other charges were dropped in a plea agreement.

On Aug. 17, Becker County District Judge Michael Fritz ordered Schwoboda to serve 81 months in prison at St. Cloud, with credit for 11 days served. He was fined $50 plus $125 in court fees, to be taken from prison earnings.

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Felony gun charge dropped against Frazee man after feds pick up case

A felony gun charge has been dropped against a Frazee man in Becker County District Court because he has been charged in federal court.

Chad Lawrence Peterson, 50, of Frazee was charged in June with illegal possession of a firearm, a felony.

According to court records, on June 9, a special agent with the West Central Task Force and a special agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension received information that there were guns inside a gun safe belonging to Peterson.

He had allegedly dropped the safe off for another person to hold, since he can’t legally have guns or ammunition due to a felony second-degree drug conviction.

The safe held 13 guns, lots of ammunition, and three identification cards belonging to Peterson.

On June 16 a warrant was issued, and bond was set at $40,000 without conditions or zero with standard conditions of release.

On Sept. 12 the charge was dismissed in district court because “Defendant has been indicated in Federal Court and is in their custody,” according to a notice of dismissal filed by the Becker County Attorney’s Office.

Crookston man sentenced for soliciting 13-year-old on Instagram

A Crookston man has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony soliciting a child through electronic communication.

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Joey Rodriguez, 19, of Crookston was accused of communicating through Instagram with a Becker County girl – trying to talk her into having sex with him, even after she told him she was just 13 years old. He admitted to law enforcement that he sent the messages to the girl.

On Sept 22, District Judge Michelle Lawson stayed imposition of sentence. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

Rodriguez was ordered to serve 30 days on work release at the Becker County Jail. He was allowed to serve his sentence in Polk County at his own cost.

He was fined $100 plus $850 in court fees.

He must register as a predatory offender, and must successfully complete a psychological-sexual evaluation as part of sex offender programming. He must submit to lie-detector tests as directed, have no contact with the victim, and have no unsupervised contact with minors or vulnerable adults.

He must not use any phone sex lines, dating services, social networks or enter any strip clubs or adult book stores or any other business where the primary source of business is adult entertainment, among a number of other restrictions.

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