Superior man sentenced on drug possession charge

Derrick Wade Kastern was sentenced to 94 months in prison after entering a guilty plea for a first degree drug possession charge.

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The Carlton County Courthouse (left) and jail in Carlton. Steve Kuchera / 2019 file / Pine Journal

Carlton — A Superior man was sentenced to 94 months in prison after being arrested in Cloquet in 2021.

Derrick Wade Kastern, 36, was convicted of first-degree drug possession for possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine or cocaine. Charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and driving without a license were dismissed.

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Derrick Wade Kastern
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Kastern entered a guilty plea with the court on Feb. 11, and was subsequently sentenced to 94 months in prison, according to court documents.

The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $8,279.04.

According to the criminal complaint, Kastern was arrested in August 2021 after he accelerated away from a attempted traffic stop.


After leading responding officers on a chase, where he went over the speed limit, hopped curbs and drove through the lawn of a church, he was apprehended.

Officers then found a small bag on him which tested positive for 2.93 grams of methamphetamine.

According to the complaint, when the vehicle was being towed a gallon-sized plastic bag was found containing 293 grams of methamphetamine.

Dylan covers the local governments of Cloquet and Carlton County, as well as the Esko and Wrenshall school boards for the Cloquet Pine Journal.
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