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Woodbury drug possession case spells jail for man, 24

A Woodbury traffic stop that turned up cocaine spelled jail time and probation for a Minneapolis man.

Danny Shumpert Jr., 24, was sentenced March 31 to five years on supervised probation and 71 days in jail - time he had already served. A 13-month prison term was stayed as part of the sentence, issued by Washington County District Court Judge B. William Ekstrum.

Shumpert had pleaded guilty in November 2010 to fifth-degree drug possession, a felony. Two other charges, including one for third-degree cocaine possession, were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

According to a criminal complaint, Shumpert was the passenger in a vehicle Woodbury police stopped for speeding May 22, 2010.

After stopping the car, the officer smelled burnt marijuana in the vehicle. The driver indicated the marijuana belonged to Shumpert.

The officer had Shumpert exit the vehicle and spotted a digital scale on the floor where Shumpert had been sitting. The scale contained a "white, powdery substance," according to the complaint.

A body search of Shumpert turned up two baggies of what police said later tested positive for the presence of cocaine. A bag with marijuana residue also was found in the car, police said.

In an interview with police, Shumpert admitted to smoking more than one joint of marijuana before getting in the car and admitted the scale was his. Shumpert told police the scale had been in his pants pocket and that he had tried to move it under the seat while the officer instructed him to exit the car.

According to the complaint, Shumpert said he uses the scale to weigh out cocaine when he buys it to ensure he isn't being shorted. He later admitted the white powdery substance was cocaine cut with baby powder.

All fines were waived as part of Ekstrum's sentence.

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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