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Alexandria man sentenced to more than eight and half years for meth crime

Last Friday, John Hinderschied, 28, of Alexandria, was sentenced to 104 months in prison for a first degree controlled substance crime involving methamphetamine.

Through surveillance conducted by the West Central Narcotics Task Force, agents learned that Hinderschied was distributing large amounts of methamphetamine from a residence located on East Main Street in Osakis.

On March 14, 2012, deputies arrested Hindershied without incident at an Osakis laundry moments before the Douglas County SWAT Team executed a search warrant at the residence.

Agents discovered nearly a half-pound of packaged methamphetamine, 43

live marijuana plants, an exterior video surveillance system, numerous firearms, and cash in excess of $35,000 during the execution of the search warrant.

Also arrested inside the residence was Craig Cowdery. Hindershied, who has a prior first degree controlled substance crime conviction,

ultimately took responsibility for the methamphetamine, which had a street value in excess of $44,000, according to authorities.

In addition to a lengthy prison sentence, the cash and Hindershied's vehicle were forfeited to law enforcement.

Cowdery entered a guilty plea for the marijuana growing operation, was sentenced to a stayed prison sentence of 21 months, and served 161 days in jail.

Both defendants were prosecuted by Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson and

sentenced by District Court Judge David Battey.