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Willow River man facing drug charges


A Willow River man could face more than three years in prison following his conviction this last week on third degree possession of drugs-methamphetamine.

Rodney Allen Opperud, 41, will be sentenced for the crime in March 2016.

In November 2014, Opperud was pulled over near Evergreen Drive and Hinckley Road without working license plates. According to court records, officers discovered the tabs on his car were for another vehicle and there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Methamphetamine was found in his vehicle.

In June of this year, Opperud was arrested for possessing a stolen car on which he was working at a home on Robin Street in Sandstone. Since the stolen car case was a lower severity level case that would have placed him on probation or a much lower sentence, the County Attorney’s office made a decision that the methamphetamine case would be pressed, given the fact that Opperud has five prior felony convictions. As part of the meth case, the stolen car charge was dismissed since the sentences would be concurrent, said County Attorney Reese Frederickson.

Opperud is also facing an open burglary case out of Aitkin County.


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