Burning copper wire leads to drug charge
Chad David Fischer, 40, of Fargo has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
A petty misdemeanor charge of open burning of prohibited materials was dismissed in a plea agreement.
According to court records, on June 28 a Becker County deputy responded to a complaint about open burning and found people burning copper wire in a secluded location.
One of the people there was Fischer, who was wanted on active warrants from Anoka and Hennepin counties. A second deputy located a wrapped black cloth with marijuana and one gram of meth inside. Fischer admitted it was his and was taken to jail.
Fischer appeared in court March 28 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentence him to 13 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed for five years.
He was ordered to serve 106 days in jail, with credit granted for 106 days served. He must pay $1,165 in court fees, and was ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol, submit to random testing, get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow all the recommendations, including aftercare. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.