Superior man sentenced on drug possession charge

Derrick Wade Kastern was sentenced to 94 months in prison after entering a guilty plea for a first degree drug possession charge.

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The Carlton County Courthouse (left) and jail in Carlton. Steve Kuchera / 2019 file / Pine Journal

Carlton — A Superior man was sentenced to 94 months in prison after being arrested in Cloquet in 2021.

Derrick Wade Kastern, 36, was convicted of first-degree drug possession for possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine or cocaine. Charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and driving without a license were dismissed.

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Derrick Wade Kastern
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Kastern entered a guilty plea with the court on Feb. 11, and was subsequently sentenced to 94 months in prison, according to court documents.

The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $8,279.04.

According to the criminal complaint, Kastern was arrested in August 2021 after he accelerated away from a attempted traffic stop.


After leading responding officers on a chase, where he went over the speed limit, hopped curbs and drove through the lawn of a church, he was apprehended.

Officers then found a small bag on him which tested positive for 2.93 grams of methamphetamine.

According to the complaint, when the vehicle was being towed a gallon-sized plastic bag was found containing 293 grams of methamphetamine.

Dylan is a former reporter for the Cloquet Pine Journal.
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