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New London, Minn., man gets 67 months in prison for possessing methamphetamine

WILLMAR -- Matthew David Hood, 38, of New London, was sentenced Monday to 67 months in prison and a $1,000 fine on a second-degree drug possession charge for having 13.2 grams of methamphetamine on him when he was arrested by CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents on a state Department of Corrections warrant.

Hood and two others were charged after agents went to a home on Oct. 18 along the 26000 block of 40th Street Northeast in rural Belgrade. They were attempting to locate Hood, who was wanted on the warrant.

Jeremiah Raymond Johnson, 32, of New London, also faces a second-degree drug possession charge, plus a petty misdemeanor for paraphernalia possession. His next appearance is a pre-trial hearing on March 16.

Randall Ronald Kampsen, 47, of Belgrade, faces a fifth-degree drug possession charge plus a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of the legal process. His next appearance is Wednesday.

According to the complaint, the agents lo-cated 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 weighed 9.5 grams.

A search of the vehicle revealed a scale, paraphernalia and a large amount of cash.

While agents were at the residence, a vehicle approached in an aggressive manner and appeared as if it was going to ram the agent's vehicles. The driver, Kampsen, refused to obey officer commands to turn off the vehicle.

Kampsen was arrested and 1.8 grams of meth was located on his person.

His passenger, Hood, was arrested and agents found 13.2 grams of meth and paraphernalia on him. He has a prior conviction for possession with intent to manufacture meth in January 2008.

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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