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Duluth man gets jail for transporting marijuana

A Duluth man will spend 60 days in jail for his role in transporting nearly seven pounds of marijuana in Superior. Chase James Kirkwood, 22, pleaded no contest to possession with intent to deliver marijuana in Douglas County Circuit Court on Oct. 3.

A Duluth man will spend 60 days in jail for his role in transporting nearly seven pounds of marijuana in Superior.

Chase James Kirkwood, 22, pleaded no contest to possession with intent to deliver marijuana in Douglas County Circuit Court on Oct. 3. The charge was amended from a class F to a class I felony prior to the plea. Kirkwood was sentenced to two years of probation and 60 days jail with Huber work release. He was ordered to undergo a chemical dependency evaluation, maintain absolute sobriety, submit to random urinalysis and provide a DNA sample. Kirkwood was also ordered to pay fines and court costs of $749. If he successfully completes the sentence, Kirkwood’s record could be expunged.

According to the criminal complaint:

Law enforcement officers took part in the controlled delivery of a package containing suspected marijuana to a Superior residence May 6. The package came from California and contained six vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana weighing more than six pounds. A female resident signed for the package using a name different from her own. Four minutes later, Kirkwood was seen leaving the residence with the parcel. He put it in his back seat and drove off just as another vehicle driven by a Superior man, Darcell Ochae Christian Williams, exited the garage. A traffic stop was conducted on both vehicles.

The individually-wrapped bags of marijuana were found in Williams’ vehicle. The box they had been sent in was found in Kirkwood’s vehicle.

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Superior Police Investigator Paul Winterscheidt the marijuana was worth $40,000. According to Winterscheidt, drug dealers sometimes pool their resources to purchase illegal drugs and split shipments. They also use decoy vehicles to divert police attention from the true location of the drugs.

Williams, 21, faces one count felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana. His next court appearance is Oct. 27.

Superior Telegram

 

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