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Man sentenced in stolen goods, drug cases

A Washington County judge ordered jail time for a 31-year-old man accused of holding thousands of dollars in stolen goods 11 days after being arrested for possessing methamphetamines.

Jeremy Robert Drusch, formerly of Woodbury, received three years' probation and credit for time served at the March 16 sentencing hearing. Drusch pleaded guilty in October 2010 to fifth-degree drug possession, a felony. He pleaded guilty in February to receiving stolen property, a charge stemming from a second case.

On May 23, 2010, Woodbury police arrested Drush after pulling over a suspicious vehicle he was driving.

Officers were first alerted to the vehicle while checking license plates outside Woodbury's Red Roof Inn. Officers observed the vehicle, which belonged to a relative of Drusch's, contained seven spools of copper wire, cords, a large black bolt cutter and drill.

Police waited for Drusch, whose driving privileges were revoked at the time, to leave in the vehicle and quickly pulled his and another vehicle over. He denied that any of the items in the truck were stolen, instead telling officers he owned them or had acquired them from miscellaneous jobs.

After Drusch was taken into custody, police searched the vehicle and found numerous tools valued at $4,195. Serial numbers and other identifying marks indicated much of the property belonged to a maintenance company that had reported a burglary the previous day.

Police spoke with a representative from the company, who identified 16 tools and the copper wire - valued at $405 - as his property.

The incident marked the second felony arrest for Drusch that month.

Woodbury police arrested Drusch May 12 after observing a vehicle he was a passenger in stop at the residence of a known meth user. After stopping the car, police found meth paraphernalia where Drusch had been sitting, according to a criminal complaint.

A baggie of meth was found inside the vehicle.

Drusch served 37 days for the receiving stolen property conviction and 52 days for the drug conviction as part of the sentenced issued by Washington County District Court Judge Elizabeth Martin.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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