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Blomkest man pleads to drug, bribery charges

WILLMAR -- David Dennis Jacobson, 50, of Blomkest, pleaded guilty Tuesday to an amended second-degree drug sale charge for selling 13.9 grams of meth to a drug task force informant in December 2009 and to a felony bribery charge for paying a man to "throw" his testimony in the case.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the drug sale charge was reduced from first-degree. A third-degree drug sale charge will be dismissed. Jacobsen will be sentenced Nov. 12 and faces 41 months in prison.

The bribery charge was filed after a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant met with drug task force agents in July regarding Jacobson offering the man money not to testify against him in the drug case. The man was a key witness in the drug sale case, in which Jacobson sold him 1.6 grams of meth on Nov. 19, 2009, and 13.9 grams of meth on Dec. 1, 2009, at his rural Blomkest home.

In July, the informant met Jacobson at a Willmar retail store parking lot, where the men discussed Jacobson paying $5,000, in two payments, for the man to not testify against him or to roll the testimony in Jacobson's favor.

The men met at the same location on Aug. 4, when Jacobson handed over $1,000 and told the man to meet him at his home to receive another $1,000. Jacobson was apprehended by officers as he left the parking lot.

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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