Minnesota man avoids trial by entering plea in Marquette County Federal Court

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - A Minnesota man involved in a Dickinson County meth bust back in April avoided going to trial by entering a plea in federal court November 7.

Robert Donald Kotula, 29, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute meth.

A count of possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of meth, maintaining a drug house, and distribution of meth and aiding and abetting the distribution of meth are all set to be dismissed at his sentencing.

A sentencing date is scheduled for February 5.
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The K.I.N.D. Team and the Dickinson County Prosecutor's Office announced that five arrests were made following a drug trafficking investigation the week of April 2nd.

According to a press release, undercover officers participated in a controlled purchase of methamphetamine using a confidential informant on Thursday, April 5 around 6:30 p.m. After the controlled purchase, undercover officers followed the suspect vehicle, which eventually led them to the Mountain Host Motor Inn in Iron Mountain. All four people in the car went inside the motel for a short time.

A second controlled purchase of meth was arranged while the four people were inside the motel. Investigating officers then followed the car to the north side of Iron Mountain and pulled it over.

Following the arrest of all four people in the car, police obtained and carried out a search warrant at the motel where one of the suspects had rented a room. Police discovered about 40 grams of crystal meth hidden in the room's ceiling, along with digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.



 
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