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St. Paul man sentenced in first-degree meth case

A South St. Paul man was sentenced to more than seven years in prison in Carlton County Court last week.

Timothy Daniel Glewwe, 54, pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of drugs, specifically 25 grams or more of methamphetamine in August 2014, just days before his case was set to go to jury trial. Then he failed to appear for his next two hearings, a warrant was issued and he was ultimately picked up in the Twin Cities area and returned to Carlton County on Oct. 14. He was sentenced Oct. 15 to 92 months.

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Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler said the sentence was longer than some serious assault or manslaughter cases, but explained it was due to the large amount of methamphetamine Glewwe had in his possession, as well as the fact that he had eight criminal history points, including a previous conviction for first-degree drugs in 2003.

Glewwe was arrested just before 7 a.m. Nov. 19, 2012, after Minnesota State Trooper David Vereecken stopped Glewwe, who was driving a 1977 Cadillac Seville, for suspicious and illegal driving conduct.

According to the criminal complaint, when Vereecken approached the vehicle with his flashlight, he could see methamphetamine crystals on the center console and cup holder area. Next to the shifter, there was an oblong, shard-shaped crystal that he felt certain was methamphetamine.

When Glewwe was arrested and searched, officers discovered a baggie containing 6.4 grams of meth in his left pocket, and in his right pocket a bag with 2.9 grams of meth. They also found a bag containing 27.3 grams of meth in his left pants leg, for a total of 36 grams of methamphetamine. All of the drugs were sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing, which was positive.

Glewwe was sent to the Minnesota Department of Corrections after his sentencing last week.

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