Justin may receive five years for three ounces of marijuana

Derrick Matt Justin, 32, Brainerd, was charged in district court Oct. 12, with fifth degree possession of marijuana.

On Oct. 11, a Minnesota Patrol Officer stopped a vehicle for following too closely behind another vehicle on Highway 10.

The driver was identified as Justin and as he opened the door, the officer allegedly smelled an odor of marijuana. He told the officer he was visiting a friend in Little Falls, but could not identify the name of the person or where he lived. Justin allegedly appeared excessively nervous and admitted smoking marijuana a month earlier.

According to the criminal complaint, when the officer asked to search the vehicle, Justin admitted to having two ounces of marijuana and some mushrooms in the vehicle. He said the marijuana was worth about $500.

While the officer did not find the mushrooms, he allegedly found three bags of what appeared to be marijuana, a grinder, rolling papers, a pipe, a box of baggies and a large amount of cash.

The marijuana later weighed in at 83 grams or just under three ounces.

If convicted, Justin faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.