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.
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.
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.