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Lowry man makes first court appearance for two felony drug charges

Elvis Lee Wood, 49, has been charged with two felony controlled substance crimes in the first degree.

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ALEXANDRIA — A Lowry man charged with two felony drug crimes made his first appearance in Douglas County District Court via Zoom on Wednesday, June 22.

Elvis Lee Wood, 49, has been charged with two felony controlled substance crimes in the first degree, the first for methamphetamine sales in excess of 17 grams and the second for methamphetamine possession in excess of 50 grams.

The maximum sentence for each charge is 30 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on June 7, when Wood was stopped in his car on County Road 4 near Highway 114. According to the statement of probable cause, the vehicle was traveling slower than the speed limit and crossed over the fog line two times. The license plate was also obscured by a dent.

After Wood was pulled over, the deputy noted that Wood's eyes were watery, his pupils were dilated, his face exhibited tremors and there was marijuana shake (small parts of a cannabis flower) in plain view on the center console of the vehicle, the statement read.

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During a search of the vehicle, deputies found a Taco Bell bag near the center console, inside of which was a glass pipe with thick white residue that appeared to be methamphetamine, the statement read.

A digital scale with white crystalized powder was located on the passenger seat, the statement read.

A large black bag was located behind the vehicle's center console, which contained a mason jar with a large amount of crystalized substance and numerous empty dime bags, the statement read. The substance subsequently field-tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 78.5 grams without packaging.

Wood was also found to have $2,250 cash in his pants pocket, the statement read.

The date of Wood's next scheduled court appearance was not stated during his hearing Wednesday.

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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