Clark gets probation for fifth degree drug possession

A 42-year-old Pierz man was convicted May 15 of felony fifth-degree possession of drugs in Morrison County District Court and given five years of probation.

The conviction stems from a December 2010 incident, when members of the Central Minnesota Drug and Gang Task Force executed a search warrant at Timothy George Clark’s residence in Pierz.

Clark was present during the search when officers located numerous drug paraphernalia items, a scale and plastic bag, both with trace amounts of crystal-like matter that field-tested positive for methamphetamine and a baggie containing 1.4 grams of methamphetamine and at the time, Clark admitted to officers that the items were his.

Clark’s criminal history showed previous convictions for a first degree controlled substance crime in October 2005.

Morrison County Assistant Attorney Todd Kosovich said a number of factors played into the conviction coming nearly 2 1/2 years after charges were filed.

He said the first out-of-town defense attorney hired withdrew from the case. The defendant hired a Minneapolis attorney and the case was delayed due to scheduling.

The case was sentenced in October 2012, Kosovich said, but a technical error in the sentencing was discovered during a defense appeal to the court of appeals, so sentencing moved to the May date.

Kosovich said the average felony case goes from first court appearance to sentencing within eight – 12 months, excluding those involving deaths. Every so often, he said, a case runs into a bunch of bumps and gets delayed. This case is a perfect example of such a situation, he said.