A Belle Plaine man found guilty of felony drug possession for the third time in the past decade will spend the next five years on probation and 65 days on electronic home monitoring for his most recent conviction for drug possession.
Tyler David Baumann, 21, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree possession of drugs in Scott County District Court Thursday (April 6). In addition to probation and electronic home monitoring, Judge Michael Fahey sentenced him to random testing. He must also pay $388 in court fines. A charge of driving after license revocation was dismissed.
According to police, Baumann was found driving erratically Jan. 2 at about 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Shea and Walnut streets, according to the criminal complaint. Police detected a strong odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle. They also found several small bottle of liquor in the vehicle and three broken pipes, all containing residue of methamphetamines.
Baumann told police he hadn’t used meth. in about a month. Baumann said he had been convicted of drug offenses in 2014, spent 45 days in jail and got into drug after his release, according to the criminal complaint.
Baumann told police he had received permission from his girlfriend to drive the vehicle.