Sufficiency of the evidence in drug charge

Controlled substance crime

A jury found defendant guilty of multiple drug related offenses.  He challenged the sufficiency of the evidence and his sentences.  He did not challenge the evidence that he possessed the briefcase that contained methamphetamine; rather, he contended that the evidence was insufficient to prove that he knew that the briefcase contained a controlled substance.  Noting that defendant had recently used his tablet computer to search the internet for ways to evade law enforcement surveillance and for information related to methamphetamine, the Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that the evidence was sufficient to prove that defendant knowingly possessed a controlled substance.  However, the trial court erred by imposing two sentences for a single behavioral incident.  Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.

State v. Blanchard, A17-1172, Polk County.

Lynne Torgerson, Esq. was not attorney of record in this case.

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