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Hood gets 10 years of probation, fine for mobile meth lab

WILLMAR -- Matthew David Hood, 33, of New London, received a stayed sentence Wednesday for a felony charge of possessing methamphetamine precursors with intent to manufacture for his role in a mobile methamphetamine lab found in Svea.

WILLMAR -- Matthew David Hood, 33, of New London, received a stayed sentence Wednesday for a felony charge of possessing methamphetamine precursors with intent to manufacture for his role in a mobile methamphetamine lab found in Svea.

The sentence included 10 years of probation and a $2,000 fine, along with a chemical use assessment, a prohibition on using drugs or alcohol and submission to random testing. Hood was also ordered to serve 38 days in the county jail, but was given credit for 38 days already served.

The stay of imposition, handed down by Judge Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court, means that if Hood complies with the court conditions, the felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor. As part of a plea agreement reached Dec. 3, three additional felony charges involving the manufacture of meth and conspiracy to manufacture meth were dismissed.

Before sentencing, Hood's public defense attorney Robert Schaps told the judge that his client, who had no criminal history record other than traffic violations, "fell in with the wrong crowd" that night.

Hood was one of three men charged after an early morning incident Aug. 1 in which law enforcement officers discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab in a car in Svea. Hood and Nathaniel Norman "George" Doty, 24, of Lake Lillian, ran from the vehicle. Jason Michael Larson, 35, of Appleton, was left with the car and was detained by sheriff's deputies.

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Deputies and CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents searched the car and found numerous items used to manufacture methamphetamine, including ephedrine pills, muriatic acid, brake fluid, a coffee pot and grinder, hot plate and coffee filters. They also discovered a rifle, a meth pipe, a digital scale, baggies and a bag of marijuana.

During questioning after his arrest, Larson said he had cooked meth five times since March and that the men were on their way to get anhydrous ammonia to cook another batch when they were apprehended.

Larson was sentenced to 48 months in prison on Dec. 19 on a felony charge of possessing methamphetamine precursors with intent to manufacture. Doty has been arraigned on the same set of charges and his next court appearance is Jan. 18.

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