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Vis pleads guilty in prescription drug case

WORTHINGTON -- Justin H. Vis, 35, of Leota, pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree drug possession Wednesday in Nobles County District Court.The plea agreement called for the dismissal of a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of a phar...

WORTHINGTON - Justin H. Vis, 35, of Leota, pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree drug possession Wednesday in Nobles County District Court.
The plea agreement called for the dismissal of a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of a pharmacy legend drug.
According to court documents, Vis was stopped in mid-October of last year after a Nobles County Sheriff’s deputy noticed Vis’ brake light was not functioning. When speaking to Vis, the officer noted his eyes were watery with tears running down his face. The officer suspected Vis may have used Visine or a similar product to hide a bloodshot effect to his eyes.
Vis was asked to step out of the vehicle after denying that he’d been drinking or using marijuana. He complied with the request, telling the deputy he had two pocket knives in his pockets. As the deputy began a patdown of Vis, he noted a crumpling sound similar to a plastic baggie and felt pills in his pocket. The bag contained 27 pills of alprazolam, a generic form of Xanax.
Under oath Wednesday, Vis admitted he had been stopped for the brake light after stopping for a coyote. He also admitted to having the medication and that he did not have a prescription for the drug.
Both the prosecution and defense agreed that a stay of adjudication in the matter was appropriate. That would prevent Vis from serving any more jail time, providing he obeys the conditions of his probation. Vis had no prior felonies before this incident.
Assistant Nobles County Attorney Joel Whitlock said Vis had been “forthcoming the whole way through” and asked Judge Terry Vajgrt “that the agreement be honored.”
Vajgrt accepted the plea agreement and its terms before handing out a sentence Wednesday. Following statutory guidelines, Vajgrt sentenced Vis to five years of supervised probation and to pay of $1,000. Likewise, Vis will have to complete a chemical use assessment and adhere to the recommendations of the assessor.
Vis is not to possess alcohol or drugs, unless prescribed by a physician or counselor. He is subject to random drug and alcohol testing for the duration of his probation, and is to not incur any misdemeanor violation during the course of the five-year probation.

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