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Mabel man charged with manufacturing meth

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
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Scott Alan Sorenson, 39, of Mabel, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, March 10, 2008, with three felony counts related to the manufacture of methamphetamine. Sorenson is being held at the Fillmore County Jail on $25,000 conditional bail.

According to court records, a search warrant was exercised by the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force on the home of Sorenson in Mabel on December 11, 2007. The Fillmore County Sheriff's Department received a notice from Winneshiek County, Iowa that Sorenson had been arrested in Chickasaw County, Iowa for possession of 9 boxes of a product containing pseudoephendrine, which is used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

During the search of Sorenson's home, it is alleged that 19 items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were seized in the raid.

Sorenson was charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled substance.

Public Defender Fred Suhler, Jr. has been appointed to represent Sorenson, whose next court appearance is scheduled for April 7, 2008.

Felony Sentencing

Matthew Thomas Baker, 22, of Rochester, was placed on probation for five years and fined $500 after pleading guilty in District Court to the sale of a controlled substance - marijuana. Judge Robert Benson stayed adjudication of sentencing for five years and ordered Baker to serve 30 days in jail, with credit given for 5 days served. All other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Baker admitted to possessing 38.5 grams of marijuana when he was stopped for a traffic violation in Chatfield on March 21, 2007. He also possessed scales and other materials used in the sale of a controlled substance.

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