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Second sentence in Mower County drug bust

Jennifer Spaeth Jennifer Spaeth

Third defendant still scheduled to stand trial.

Posted: Jun. 21, 2018 3:12 PM
Updated: Jun. 21, 2018 3:14 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A second person has been sentenced in a Mower County drug bust.

Jennifer Ann Elizabeth Spaeth, 28 of Albert Lea, pleaded guilty to two counts of 5th degree drug possession and illegal transport of a pistol and ammunition. On Thursday, Spaeth received 54 days in jail and five years of probation.

Cully Shierts

Ryan Baldus

Spaeth was arrested on December 18, 2017, along with Cully Thomas Shierts and Ryan Jiles Baldus, after a traffic stop on Mower County Road 2. Law enforcement says a search of the vehicle turned up 1.44 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a .38 caliber pistol, and ammunition.

The search of the vehicle led to the search of an Austin residence where authorities say they found 12 grams of meth, marijuana, marijuana wax, and a box of rifle ammunition.

Shierts previous pleaded guilty to 5th degree drug possession and possession of ammunition as a drug user. He was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and 40 hours of community work service.

Baldus pleaded 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 on July 23.

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