Duluth man sentenced for selling marijuanaA Duluth man will spend two years on probation and 123 days in jail for his role in trying to distribute 1½ pounds of marijuana in Superior.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A Duluth man will spend two years on probation and 123 days in jail for his role in trying to distribute 1½ pounds of marijuana in Superior.
Joseph Alan Smith, 29, pleaded guilty last week in Douglas County Circuit Court to one count felony possession with intent to sell marijuana. Along with the probation and jail time, Smith was ordered to undergo a chemical dependency evaluation, maintain absolute sobriety, submit to random urinalysis and provide a DNA specimen.
Judge George Glonek imposed and stayed a 10-month jail sentence, which would be automatically triggered if he fails to meet the requirements of his probation.
According to the criminal complaint:
The marijuana was seized during execution of a search warrant at a Superior residence. The man who lived there told Douglas County Detective Jim Madden the pot belonged to Smith and he was going to want his marijuana back, or money to pay for it. They arranged a time to return the marijuana to Smith.
Authorities returned the tote containing the marijuana to the basement of the Superior home. Smith came to the residence, picked up the tote, and brought it to his truck and was arrested. The Duluth man first denied it was his. Later, he told Madden that he had “fronted” the marijuana to the Superior man, who would later “make it right” by replacing the marijuana “and then whatever.”
Smith figured he would go through about a pound or a pound and a half each month, for which he paid $2,500 to $3,500. He would then front it and get a return of $500 to $600 profit per pound.