BURNETT COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced one of two men who received drug-related criminal charges following a Burnett County traffic stop in February 2021.
DrydenWire.com previously reported on March 18, 2021, that Michael Melendez and Andrey Todd were both facing drug-related charges following a traffic stop near the roundabout at Highways 70 and 35.
The driver was identified as Todd, and the passenger was identified as Melendez. Authorities located a vial containing cocaine, baggies containing methamphetamine, and a bottle of unlabeled pills while searching the two men.
Inside the vehicle, authorities found more baggies containing methamphetamine, more pills in containers without labels, a digital scale, and multiple devices used for smoking controlled substances.
The two men were taken into custody.
Melendez was charged with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine-Party to a Crime; Misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance-Adderall; and 4 charges of Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Online circuit court records show that Melendez appeared most recently for a court hearing on September 13, 2021.
The Court accepted Melendez’s pleas of Guilty to a charge of Possession of Controlled Substance, and one charge of Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia. The Court ordered Melendez to serve 1 year of probation with an imposed and stayed sentence of 30 days of jail time on each conviction, to be served consecutively.
Charges of Class D Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine-Party to a Crime; Class H Felony Bail Jumping; Misdemeanor Possession of Cocaine-Party to a Crime; Misdemeanor Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence-2nd Offense; Misdemeanor Operate Motor Vehicle While Revoked; Misdemeanor Carrying a Concealed Weapon-a Knife; and 4 charges of Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia were filed against Todd.
Online circuit court records show that Todd is scheduled to appear again in September 2021 for a plea hearing.
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