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MLPD arrests man on drug charges


Corduroy Lee Wayne Lyman, 24, of Pine City was charged with a count of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree and possession of hypodermic syringe/needle on May 18 by the Moose Lake Police Department (MLPD).

According to the complaint issued by the MLPD, on May 18 at 9 a.m. a Moose Lake police officer observed a white Pontiac Grand Prix parked in front of the Carroll Inn with two occupants inside. He also observed another person on the sidewalk bending over and talking to the people inside the vehicle.

Because the officer had received numerous drug trafficking complaints in the vicinity of the Carroll Inn recently, he thought the vehicle appeared suspicious and continued to watch the vehicle and its occupants over time.

The officer approached the vehicle and identified the male in the driver’s seat as Coleton Mitthun, 21, and the front seat passenger as Lyman. Both individuals stated they were waiting for another person who was inside the building.

The officer continued to speak to the individuals. The officer became suspicious of controlled substance trafficking when what the individuals were saying did not add up.

After a period of time, the officer spoke with other individuals who were coming out of the building. Their stories became more and more convoluted. The officer ultimately called for assistance and asked that a K-9 officer to report to the location.

At approximately 9:44 a.m. Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm and a Fond du Lac officer with the narcotic K-9 arrived on the scene. The K-9 alerted positively for a narcotic in the vehicle. The officers searched the vehicle and found four white pills in a duffle bag with the marking M365. Those markings indicated a Schedule II controlled substance of hydrocodone for which there was no prescription pill or prescription located.

The officer was able to determine the pills in the duffle bag belonged to Lyman the complaint states. He was arrested for the controlled substance offense. The officers also located hypodermic needles that Lyman acknowledged were his. He was transported to the law enforcement center, where he was booked for the offenses.

The maximum sentence for the controlled substance charge is five years and/or a $10,000 fine for a first violation, and not less than six months nor more than 10 years and/or $20,000 for a second or subsequent violation.

The possession of a hypodermic syringe/needle charge carries a maximum sentence of 90 days and/or a $1,000 fine.


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