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Death of agent leads to dropped drug charges

David Dean Morlock, 62, of 611 Cherry Ave., Frazee, has had a felony charge of fourth-degree controlled substance crime dismissed in Becker County District Court.

David Dean Morlock, 62, of 611 Cherry Ave., Frazee, has had a felony charge of fourth-degree controlled substance crime dismissed in Becker County District Court.

The charge was dropped by the Becker County Attorney’s Office following the “unforeseen and sudden death of retired special agent Pat Johnston,” who was a Becker County Sheriff’s Office investigator working with the West Central Minnesota Regional Drug Task Force. According to court records, on May 10, 2013, Morlock allegedly sold a quarter-gram of meth for $60 to a confidential reliable informant working with the drug task force.

On two other attempted buys, Morlock allegedly told the informant that he was sold out of meth or didn’t have any available.

“Johnston was an essential witness to the crime committed and without his testimony the state cannot sustain a conviction,” the Becker County Attorney’s Office said in its decision to drop the charge.

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