Drug offender to serve probation

If he fails to abide by the terms of probation, he could go to prison.

Hames, James

SLAYTON — A Currie resident received his sentence Thursday for a criminal case in which he was convicted of a drug offense.

James Hames, 35, was arrested in December when officers from the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and the Murray County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on his home. He was charged with third-degree controlled substance crime; fifth-degree controlled substance crime; store meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child or vulnerable adult; possession of hypodermic syringes/needles; possession of a small amount of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hames pleaded guilty to the third-degree controlled substance charge, with all other charges dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

At the Thursday hearing, Fifth Judicial District Judge Christina Wietzema sentenced Hames to 33 months in prison with a stay of execution, meaning he may serve seven years of supervised probation instead of the prison time. She also ordered him to pay a $600 fine.

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