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New London man pleads to drug possession charge, found with drugs in car

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WILLMAR -- Jeremiah Raymond Johnson, 32, of New London, pleaded guilty Monday to a second-degree drug possession charge for possessing 9.5 grams of methamphetamine found on his hands, clothing and vehicle by CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents at a rural Belgrade home.

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As part of a plea agreement, a petty misdemeanor for paraphernalia possession will be dismissed. He will be sentenced June 4. The plea came two days before Johnson was to stand trial in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Johnson and Matthew David Hood, 38, of New London, were arrested Oct. 18 when agents went to a home along the 26000 block of 40th Street Northeast in rural Belgrade. Hood was sentenced in February to 67 months in prison and a $1,000 fine on a second-degree drug possession charge for possessing 13.2 grams of methamphetamine.

According to the complaint, the agents located Johnson in a vehicle. When he exited the car, a plastic bag containing a white substance fell to the ground and officers observed white powder on his hands and the car seat. The drugs tested positive as meth and the bag and scattered drugs weighed 9.5 grams. A search of the vehicle revealed a scale, paraphernalia and a large amount of cash.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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