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Willmar, Minn., man pleads to fifth-degree drug sale after nearly 2 pounds of pot seized

WILLMAR — A 24-year-old Willmar man pleaded guilty Thursday to a fifth-degree drug sale charge for possessing 1.9 pounds of marijuana found in a Willmar apartment in December.

As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandi-yohi County District Court, two additional felony charges against Nicholas Michael Hurlbut-Voight will be dismissed. He will be sentenced April 4.

In addition, a gross misdemeanor charge of child neglect and a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia will also be dismissed.

One of the fifth-degree drug charges was filed after a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant purchased 17.1 grams of marijuana from Hurlbut-Voight after the informant met the seller on April 26 along 17th Street Northeast. The informant and an agent identified Hurlbut-Voight as the person selling the drugs by his Department of Vehicle Services photo.

The second complaint was filed after Dec. 21, when Willmar police officers went to an apartment along the 2400 block of Fifth Street Southeast in an attempt to arrest Hurlbut-Voight on an outstanding warrant. Hurlbut-Voight met the officers at the door. He told the officers that there was no marijuana on his person or in the apartment, but the officers reported an overwhelming smell of marijuana coming from the apartment. Hurlbut-Voight was arrested and taken to the county jail.

A woman at the apartment said there was a small child sleeping in the residence, said Hurlbut-Voight had moved in six weeks prior and she gave consent for officers to search the apartment. Officers, along with CEE-VI agents, located a total of 864 grams of marijuana, 8 grams of hashish, multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia, digital scales and more than $1,200 in cash in the apartment. The marijuana was located in multiple bags, in a safe in a bedroom closet and in a bedroom dresser.

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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