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Red Wing man sentenced to prison for selling meth

Joe Lee Brown

Goodhue County Judge Kevin Mark sentenced Joe Lee Brown, Jr., 30, of Red Wing on June 20 to 107 months in prison. Under an amended plea agreement, Brown pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sales of 17 grams or more of cocaine or methamphetamine within a 90-day period. Goodhue County Attorney Christopher Schrader led the prosecution of Brown in this case.

Brown was committed to the St. Cloud Correctional facility and was given credit for 183 days that he has already served.

In November, the Cloquet Police Department began investigating a large-scale, multistate meth and heroin distribution operation. This investigation exposed large quantities of meths and heroin being sold in our community that directly affected the Fond du Lac Reservation.

On Dec. 14, the Cloquet Police Department, aided by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, FBI—Safe Streets Task Force and Carlton County Sheriff's Office, bought approximately 150 grams of suspected meth from the suspect in Red Wing, Goodhue County. The alleged meth field-tested positive.

On Dec. 20, the Cloquet Police Department, aided by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, FBI—Safe Streets Task Force, Carlton County Sheriff's Office, Fond du Lac Police Department, Red Wing Police Department and the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, bought approximately 940 grams of suspected meth from the suspect in Red Wing.

Brown was arrested and lodged in the Goodhue County Jail. He was arraigned in Goodhue County for first-degree sale of methamphetamine, first-degree possession of methamphetamine, and simulated-manufacture/sell/transfer/deliver-represent non-controlled substance as a narcotic.

Bond was set at $200,000.

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