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Northwest Iowa man sentenced Tuesday in drug case

WORTHINGTON -- David Crawford, 29, of George, Iowa, was sentenced Tuesday morning in Nobles County District Court Tuesday on a drug case. Judge Gordon Moore accepted Crawford's plea agreement Tuesday in which he pleaded guilty to a felony count o...

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WORTHINGTON - David Crawford, 29, of George, Iowa, was sentenced Tuesday morning in Nobles County District Court Tuesday on a drug case.

 

Judge Gordon Moore accepted Crawford’s plea agreement Tuesday in which he pleaded guilty to a felony count of fifth-degree drug possession as well as an additional misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired. His two petty misdemeanor charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

 

According to court documents, a Nobles County Sheriff’s Office officer stopped a vehicle Jan. 18 for speeding on Nobles County 13. While speaking with Crawford, who was driving the car, the officer smelled a marijuana odor coming from inside the vehicle. The officer asked Crawford for his documents and as Crawford pulled them out of the car’s front compartment, the officer saw a glass pipe that he believed was used for smoking illegal substances.

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Crawford told the officer he had consumed methamphetamines and was carrying a pipe glass inside his pocket. The officer found a glass pipe and a baggie that contained 1.2 grams of methamphetamine. In addition, Crawford was carrying 8.5 grams of marijuana.

He was transported to Nobles County Jail.

Crawford was sentenced to three years of probation. If he successfully completes his probation, a stay of adjudication will also keep the conviction off his record.

Crawford could have faced a maximum sentence of five years in jail, a $10,000 fine or both for fifth-degree possession. The two petty misdemeanor charges carry a maximum sentence of a $300 fine.

Charge added to Worthington’s man assault case WORTHINGTON - Oscar Trejo, 29, of Worthington, appeared Tuesday in Nobles County District Court for an omnibus hearing on an assault case.

The contested omnibus hearing will be continued in the next couple of weeks since a second-degree assault was added to his charges. Initially, Trejo was charged with third-degree assault, a felony, but since he used an object to allegedly hit the victim, the assault is considered more severe, prosecuting attorney Matthew Loeffler explained.

According to court records, Worthington Police Department officers were called at around 1 a.m. Jan. 15 to the Long Branch Saloon for an assault incident. When officers arrived at the location, they saw a security guard holding Trejo on the ground right outside the restaurant and a man with a bleeding head sitting inside.

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The victim told officers that a man attacked him while he was fighting with another man. During the fight, a second man allegedly came from behind and hit him over the head with a bottle. Later, a guard who witnessed the fight identified Trejo as the man who assaulted the victim with the bottle.

When officers interviewed Trejo, he told them he was just trying to help his friend. Both Trejo and the other man involved in the incident were taken to Nobles County Jail.

If convicted, Trejo could be facing a maximum sentence of five years in jail, a $10,000 fine or both.

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