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Fillmore County District Court:Heath guilty of drug charges

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
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Mark Anthony Heath of Lanesboro was found guilty in Fillmore County District Court on five counts related to the manufacture of methamphetamine, stemming from an incident on May 6, 2002 in Rushford.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement authorities caught Heath and two other men in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine. Also arrested were Broc Allen Buytaert of Rushford and James Prigge of Lewiston. Both men have pled not guilty to the charges.

Heath was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit the manufacture of a controlled substance, one count manufacture of a controlled substance, and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Heath faces a minimum of 86 months in prison. A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered with sentencing scheduled for March 17. Following the verdict, Heath’s conditions of release were revoked and he was remanded to the Minnesota Department of Correction’s facility in St. Cloud to await sentencing.

Trial dates have been set for Buytaert and Prigge, both of whom are being held at the Fillmore County Jail.

Harmony man faces sex charges

Mark Andrew Aggen, 28, of rural Harmony, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, February 10 with three felony counts of criminal sexual conduct.

According to the criminal complaint, Aggen was alleged to have had sexual contact with a female minor who was a student under Aggen’s supervision. At the time of the initial contact, the student was 15 and Aggen was a Classroom Supervisor at Mabel-Canton High School.

Aggen was released on his own recognizance, but ordered not to have unsupervised contact with females under the age of 18. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 24.

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