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Court news: White Earth woman sentenced to 23 months for multiple crimes

According to court records, staff at the Becker County Jail found a small bag with a white powder-like substance in her wallet. The woman told a deputy that she uses OxyContin but did not know what the substance in the bag was. The bag weighed .18 grams and appeared to field test positive for fentanyl.

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DETROIT LAKES — Rudy Nicole Mercado, 30, of White Earth, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fourth-degree drugs.

According to court records, on Jan. 20, 2022, staff at the Becker County Jail found a small bag with a white powder-like substance in her wallet. Mercado told a deputy that she uses OxyContin but did not know what the substance in the bag was. The bag weighed .18 grams and appeared to field test positive for fentanyl. The substance was sent to a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for further testing.

On June 30, District Judge Michael Fritz sentenced Mercado to 19 months in prison at Shakopee, with credit for 66 days served in jail. She was ordered to pay $200 in court fees.

She was also sentenced on a separate felony theft charge – involving several shoplifting episodes at Walmart – to a year and a day in prison at Shakopee, with credit for 217 days served. She was ordered to pay $974 in fines and fees, including about $400 in restitution.

Mercado was also sentenced on a felony third-degree burglary charge for incidents involving forged checks in Detroit Lakes. She was sentenced to 23 months in prison at Shakopee, with credit for 54 days served, and was ordered to pay about $1,050 in fines and court fees, including about $850 in restitution.

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She was also sentenced on a felony check forgery charge, for trying to cash a forged $3,000 personal check in Detroit Lakes. She was sentenced to 15 months in prison at Shakopee on that charge, with credit for 194 days served. She was ordered to pay $650 in fines and fees on that charge.

All these sentences were ordered to be served concurrently.

Related Topics: BECKER COUNTY DISTRICT COURTPUBLIC SAFETYCRIME AND COURTS
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