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Court news: Drug charge dropped, Richwood woman completes probation

According to court records, during the search, a large amount of cash and 16.31 grams of meth was found on the suspect in the same pocket.

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DETROIT LAKES — Katie Sue Welsh, 37, of Richwood, has had a charge dismissed in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree drugs, because she met the conditions laid down by the court.

According to court records, on Nov. 4, 2019, agents of the West Central Task Force met with a confidential reliable informant, who arranged to buy meth from a man. The informant was provided cash and met the man and Katie Sue Welsh in Detroit Lakes: She was the driver and the man was in the passenger seat.

The informant handed money to the man in exchange for a large amount of methamphetamine. After the buy, Welsh and the man left in the vehicle Welsh was driving. Shortly after, law enforcement stopped the vehicle and placed both the man and Welsh under arrest. During the search, a large amount of cash and 16.31 grams of meth was found on Welsh in the same pocket.

On June 23, 2021, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Welsh to 30 days in jail, with credit for nine days served, and the ability to serve the rest on electronic home monitoring. She was fined $1,000 plus $1,075 in court fees, and was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations.

She successfully completed supervised probation, and on July 17, the charge was dismissed and she was discharged from probation without an adjudication of guilt. In the same case, A felony second-degree drug charge was earlier dismissed in a plea agreement.

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