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First person sentenced in Mower County drug bust

Cully Shierts Cully Shierts

Second defendant to be sentenced in late May, third going to trial in July.

Posted: May 6, 2018 10:28 AM
Updated: May 7, 2018 10:33 AM

AUSTIN, Minn. – The first sentence has been handed down in a drug task force investigation.

Three people were arrested after a traffic stop on Mower County Road 2 on December 18, 2017. Law enforcement says a search of the vehicle found 1.44 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a .38 caliber pistol, and ammunition. That led to a search of an Austin home where authorities say they discovered nearly 12 grams of meth, marijuana, marijuana wax, a mirror with meth residue, drug paraphernalia, and a box of rifle ammunition.

Jennifer Spaeth

Ryan Baldus

Cully Thomas Shierts, 21 of Albert Lea, pleaded guilty to 5th degree drug possession and possessing ammunition as a drug user. He’s been given five years of supervised probation and must perform 40 hours of community work service.

Jennifer Ann Elizabeth Spaeth, 28 of Albert Lea, has pleaded guilty to two counts of 5th degree drug possession and illegal transportation of a pistol and ammunition. Her sentencing is scheduled for May 24.

Ryan Jiles Baldus, 27 of Austin, is pleading not guilty to two counts of 5th degree drug possession and being a violent felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. His trial is set to begin July 23.

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