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Kensington man sentenced to 56 months on felony drug charge

Zackery John Rudell, 43, was sentenced in a hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Douglas County District Court.

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ALEXANDRIA — A Kensington man was sentenced to 56 months in prison after being arrested for possessing more than 100 grams of methamphetamine.

Zackery John Rudell, 43, was sentenced in a hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Douglas County District Court.

Rudell will serve his time at the correctional facility in St. Cloud. He must also pay $435 in fees.

He was charged with a felony controlled substance crime in the first degree after an incident in January 2021.

According to the statement of probable cause, Rudell was pulled over on County Road 82, where he was found to have a backpack containing a large amount of white crystalline substance, two glass pipes and a hypodermic needle.

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A prescription bottle containing pills was also located inside the backpack, in addition to a digital scale containing white residue, a glass jar containing marijuana and a marijuana pipe, the document read.

The methamphetamine weighed 117.4 grams, more than 4 ounces, inclusive of packaging, the document read.

Rudell also had 20 gabapentin pills and nine trazodone hydrochloride pills, the document read.

On Sept. 20, 2021, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension forensically tested a blood sample from Rudell that was collected on Jan. 19, 2021, the document read. Forensic examination identified the presence of amphetamine and methamphetamine in Rudell's blood.

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