Samson sentenced in drug case
WORTHINGTON -- Nicholas John Samson, 26, of Slayton was sentenced this week in Nobles County District Court on a third-degree drug possession charge. The charge stems from an incident last August involving Samson and two others: Megan Gramstad of...
WORTHINGTON - Nicholas John Samson, 26, of Slayton was sentenced this week in Nobles County District Court on a third-degree drug possession charge.
The charge stems from an incident last August involving Samson and two others: Megan Gramstad of Tracy and Robert Small-Bear of Chandler.
According to court documents, a Nobles County Sheriff’s Office deputy on routine patrol in Midway Park spotted a vehicle parked near the water with trash on the ground near the vehicle. When speaking to the occupants, the officer smelled an odor that corresponded with raw marijuana. When asked about the smell, Samson admitted to having a small amount of marijuana in the center console.
A search of the vehicle yielded .4 grams of marijuana and 17 unused hypodermic needles. A used needle was discovered between the front passenger seat and the center console, and contained a clear liquid. The liquid field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Additionally, the officer located two pipes with marijuana residue and a CK spray bottle that contained a white residue that also field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Samson was sentenced Tuesday to a stayed sentence of five years in prison and five years of supervised probation. He was ordered to serve 180 days in the Nobles County Jail divided into two 90-day stretches over two years, with credit for 147 days served. The credit would fulfill the 90-day term for 2016, leaving the next term to begin in 2017. The second stint can be abated if Samson is in good standing with the Minnesota Cornerstone Problem Solving Court.
Samson is to complete a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations in addition to his participation in the problem solving court.
Two other petty misdemeanor charges and a misdemeanor were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Small-Bear is scheduled to be sentenced in June. Gramstad was previously sentenced in December on the same charge.