Man fined $10,085 after being found with 300 pounds of marijuana

Lopez was originally detained after being found with approximately 300 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop.

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WORTHINGTON — Jose Anthony Lopez, 40, was recently sentenced in Nobles County Fifth District Court in a case previously reported on by The Globe.

Lopez, of Elmont, New York, was charged with importing controlled substances across state lines, second-degree drug sale, and first-degree possession of 50 kilograms or more of marijuana after a traffic stop on Minnesota 60 in August 2021.

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He was convicted of drug possession after entering a guilty plea, and was sentenced to 58 months in a correctional facility. However, Lopez was granted a stay of execution by the judge, and will be allowed to serve five years of probation. Lopez will also be required to pay $10,085 in court fines.

This was a departure from sentencing guidelines based on Lopez being found to be particularly amenable to probation and chemical dependency treatment, according to court documents.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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