Court News: Detroit Lakes man gets 81 months in prison after meth found in home – Detroit Lakes Tribune

DETROIT LAKES — Craig Ryan Schwoboda, 44, of rural Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced to prison after a search of his home found 67 grams of meth.

According to court documents, on Aug. 31, 2021, officers with the West Central Drug Task Force and the Becker County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for Schwoboda’s home on Maple Lane in rural Detroit Lakes.

In one bedroom, 11 grams of methamphetamine were found on the floor by the bed, 24 grams of meth were found between the bed mattresses, and 32 grams were found in the closet. The search found a total of about 67 grams of field-positive methamphetamine.

Schwoboda was convicted of a first-degree felony drug offense in Becker County District Court. Several other charges were dropped in a plea agreement.

On August 17, Becker County District Judge Michael Fritz ordered Schwoboda to serve 81 months in prison in St. Cloud, counting 11 days served. He was fined $50 plus $125 in court fees to be deducted from prison receipts.

The felony charges against man Frazee were dropped after the FBI picked up the case

A gun crime charge against a Frazee man was dropped in Becker County District Court because he was charged in federal court.

Chad Lawrence Peterson, 50, of Frazee, was charged in June with illegal gun possession, a felony.

According to court documents, on June 9, a special agent from the West Central Task Force and a special agent from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension received information that guns were in a gun closet owned by Peterson.

He had allegedly given the safe away for someone else as he cannot legally have guns or ammunition due to a second-degree drug conviction.

The safe contained 13 guns, lots of ammunition and three of Peterson’s ID cards.

A warrant was issued on June 16 and the bond was priced at $40,000 with no conditions or nil with standard release terms.

On September 12, the charges were dismissed in district court because “the defendant has been reported to federal court and is in their custody,” according to a termination notice filed by the Becker County Attorney’s Office.

Crookston man convicted of soliciting 13-year-old on Instagram

A Crookston man has been convicted by Becker County District Court of the felony of soliciting a child through electronic communications.

Joey Rodriguez, 19, of Crookston, has been accused of communicating with a Becker County girl via Instagram and trying to get her to have sex with him, even after she told him she was only 13. He admitted to law enforcement that he sent the messages to the girl.

On September 22, District Judge Michelle Lawson stayed the sentence. Successful completion of the probationary period leads to a conviction for an administrative offence.

Rodriguez was sentenced to 30 days off work in the Becker County Jail. He was allowed to serve his sentence in Polk County at his own expense.

He was fined $100 plus $850 in court costs.

He must register as a predator and successfully complete a psychological-sexual assessment as part of sex offender programming. He must submit to a polygraph test as directed, have no contact with the victim, and have no unsupervised contact with minors or vulnerable adults.

He may not use phone sex lines, dating services, social networking sites, or enter strip clubs or adult bookstores or any other business whose primary source of business is adult entertainment, among a variety of other restrictions.


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