Belle Plaine Man Gets Probation for Felony Marijuana Possession
Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:54 AM
A Belle Plaine man caught with marijuana, drug paraphernalia and equipment for the use of the drug was sentenced to three years of probation and will complete a chemical assessment. Anthony Daniel Rella pleaded guilty to fifth-degree drug possession, a felony, Friday (April 7) in Scott County District Court. He also received a stay of adjudication for the completion of his probation.
Judge Rex Stacey also sentenced Rella to 80 hours of community service. He must also pay $400 in court fees.
Rella, 18, was stopped during the early-morning hours of March 31 on Marschall Road in Shakopee. A patrol officer stopped him after his vehicle crossed the white fog line, according to the criminal complaint.
When asked for his identification, Rella initially offered the officer a “wad of cash” from his wallet, according to the criminal complaint. The officer declined the money.
Inside the vehicle, the officer saw several drug-related items. A search of the vehicle produced 9 grams of marijuana, a metal marijuana grinder, pipes with marijuana residue, a digital scale, three large containers containing suspected marijuana wax and other drug-related items.