Ponsford man sentenced for meth after getting pulled over for speeding
Leonard Joseph Smith Jr., 41, of rural Ponsford, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
BECKER COUNTY — Leonard Joseph Smith Jr., 41, of rural Ponsford, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on the evening of Dec. 9, 2021, a White Earth police officer saw him speeding in the Pine Point area and pulled him over on Pow Wow Highway. The officer saw marijuana shake on the lap of Smith, who said it was for his brain cancer.
A search of the vehicle turned up a large plastic bag behind the driver’s seat that contained several small micro plastic bags, one with a crystal substance inside that tested positive for meth and weighed 0.7 grams with packaging. Smith admitted that the drugs were his and not the passenger’s.
On March 23, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson ordered Smith to serve 76 days in jail, with credit for 76 days served. He was ordered to pay $650 in court fees, and must get a chemical dependency assessment, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.