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Man sentenced for leaving meth syringes near children

Dustin Wagner

An Osakis man was sentenced May 2 in Douglas County District Court for leaving methamphetamine paraphernalia, including needles, a pipe and syringes, near his children.

Dustin Kalo Wagner, 30, who entered a guilty plea, was ordered to serve 165 days in jail but he received credit for the 165 days he spent behind bars while the case proceeded. He was also placed on five years of supervised probation.

Judge Ann Carrott attached 15 conditions to the sentence. Wagner, who is now listed in the court documents as living in Columbia Heights, must keep in contact with his probation officer, cooperate with searches, give DNA samples, not possess firearms, refrain from alcohol and drugs, not leave the state without written court approval, submit to random testing, complete a treatment program and meet other conditions.

Carrott gave Wagner a stay of imposition, meaning that if he obeys all conditions of his probation, the felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Wagner's wife, Jessica Jean Wagner, 28, faced the same felony charge — storage of methamphetamine paraphernalia in a children's residence — also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 60 days in jail on April 4. She was also placed on supervised probation for five years.

Carrott gave Jessica Wagner a stay of adjudication, which means that if she completes the terms of her probation, the charge will be dismissed and she won't be convicted of the crime.

The Osakis Police Department obtained a warrant and searched the Wagners' house at 705 Lake Street in Osakis on Aug. 2, 2017.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers found a syringe on top of a refrigerator that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

In one child's bedroom, an officer saw a mattress on the floor with pink blankets and toys on it. In front of a closet, the officer found a syringe on the floor that appeared to have the rubber portion removed.

Next to the bed, the officer looked through a milk crate that was being used as a toy box and found children's toys, multiple used syringes and a broken piece of glass that was consistent with that of a meth pipe.

In a dining room, officers found additional syringes and small baggies containing crystal residue.

In the basement, officers collected 12 syringes, two plastic baggies containing meth residue, five Buprenorphine pills — an opioid medication used to treat narcotic addictions — two scales and three meth pipes.

Officers found a total of 28 hypodermic needles. They also found several torch-style lighters throughout the house.

The children were removed from the home and placed in the care of a family member, according to Osakis Police Chief Chad Gulbranson.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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