Winscher convicted for fifth degree possession

In Morrison County District Court, Travis Lee Winscher, 41, Royalton, was convicted Dec. 19, 2012, of one count of  fifth degree possession of drugs.

On March 1, 2010, The Central Minnesota Drug and Gang Task Force was contacted by a confidential informant who said he could purchase methamphetamine. The informant was supplied with buy money, then followed to an address on 280th Avenue.

The informant and officers met later and the informant gave the officers methamphetamine weighing in excess of three grams. In a taped statement, the informant said that he met Winscher, who sent him to another room where he purchased the methamphetamine.

On April 6, 2012, Winscher and another person were arrested for drug possession in Benton County. They were transported to Morrison County Jail for the prior drug sale.

Winscher admitted selling methamphetamine to at least two people.

Winscher was sentenced to 13 months in prison, stayed for 10 years and had local confinement of 90 days in jail with credit for five days already served. He was fined $585 and given 10 years of supervised probation.

Winscher had one count of second degree sale of drugs dismissed. Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich said the dismissal was due to a stronger case against a co-defendant and that he concluded he could only prove a fifth degree charge of possession.

Kosovich also said the conviction took several years because Winscher had an attorney from the Twin Cities who had other cases in other counties, making the scheduling of the trial a nightmare.