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More charges filed against rural Westbrook man

SLAYTON -- A rural Westbrook man facing a fifth-degree controlled substance possession charge in Nobles County has now been charged with two counts of fifth-degree controlled substance crimes in Murray County as well.

The additional charges against Gary Joseph Entinger, 50, of Westbrook, stem from a search warrant that took place at his residence the same day as his arrest.

According to police documents and the criminal complaint, agents from the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force (BRDTF) observed Entinger making several short visits to suspicious locations in the Worthington area. After noting careless vehicle operation, they stopped him and were given permission to search his vehicle. That search turned up .7 grams of methamphetamine, which he allegedly admitted was his. He also admitted to being a marijuana user and said there were "crumbs" of marijuana at his residence.

After obtaining a warrant, agents searched his residence and allegedly found 19 plants in a hidden room in the basement, along with 22 grams of packaged marijuana. Seven more plants were allegedly found in an outside shed.

Authorities seized equipment such as grow lights, fertilizer, soil, timers, and scales, along with several firearms. Also seized were two vehicles -- a 2007 Shelby Mustang and a 2008 Corvette -- and an enclosed black trailer.

During a second interview, Entinger allegedly admitted the plants were his, and said he was growing them for himself. He denied having any more plants, but said he had been growing some the previous winter that had gotten spider mites. He said a scale found during the search was for weighing out the marijuana so he could ration it to last him throughout the year.

With the two new charges comes a maximum combined penalty of 10 years imprisonment and/or $20,000 if convicted. One of the fifth-degree controlled substance charges is enhanced with possession of a firearm, which calls for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.

According to the commander of the BRDTF, the two vehicles and the trailer seized during the search are still in the custody of the task force. Any forfeiture of the property is subject to a civil proceeding and separate from any criminal case.