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DL man sentenced to prison, fined for meth sales

A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced Wednesday in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of second-degree sale of a controlled substance.

Cameron James Stoen, 22, of 26783 Lidstrom Rd., Detroit Lakes, was ordered to serve 50 months (a little over four years) in prison at the Minnesota State Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, and ordered to pay $210 in court fines and fees.

A second count of second degree sale of a controlled substance, as well as a third, unrelated felony charge of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, were dismissed.

The drug sale charges stemmed from four separate instances in which Stoen reportedly sold methamphetamines to a confidential informant of the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force. The alleged sales took place in the parking lot of a Detroit Lakes gas station between Sept. 1 and Sept. 27, 2010.

A total of five grams of meth were purchased for $1,350 in the alleged incidents. In one incident, Stoen allegedly produced about half of the agreed upon amount of meth, saying that he would "make good" on the remaining amount as soon as possible.

The other charge, for felony drug possession, was for an unrelated incident that occurred on Dec. 18, 2010.

In that incident, Stoen's vehicle was stopped by a task force agent in Detroit Lakes, and a glass pipe, digital scale and a small amount of methamphetamine were found, either on his person or inside his vehicle. According to that complaint, Stoen had previously been convicted of a drug crime in 2008.