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Cottage Grove man gets 30 years probation in meth case

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A Cottage Grove man was put on probation for 30 years, and he faces other conditions, after a conviction for methamphetamine possession.

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Brion C. Andert, 27, was sentenced last month after pleading guilty to a first-degree drug charge in connection with a January 2013 traffic stop.

According to the Washington County District Court criminal complaint:

A Newport police officer was conducting speed radar in front of Newport City Hall about 1 p.m. Jan. 11, 2013, when a vehicle sped passed. The officer clocked the vehicle at 42 mph in a 30-mph zone and stopped it near Seventh Avenue and Second Street. The driver was identified as Andert.

Andert had a butterfly knife in his pocket and told the officer there was a handgun and marijuana in the rear of the vehicle. He was arrested and the vehicle was searched.

Police recovered a .40-caliber pistol and marijuana, and narcotics officers were called to assist with the vehicle search.

When Andert was booked into the Washington County jail, officers found baggies of methamphetamine in his right shoe and in his groin area, the complaint said. The methamphetamine weighed approximately 33 grams.

Andert received a stay of execution on an 86-month prison sentence, but was placed on 30 years of probation and must spend about 140 days in jail or Sentence to Service or work release, among other probation conditions. He was ordered to have no association with known gang members.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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