Minneapolis man sentenced to 15 years of probation for drug possession case

Published 10:05 pm Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Minneapolis man who pleaded in February to fourth-degree drug possession was placed on probation for up to 15 years Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Joshua Cochran

Joshua Brandon Cochran, 28, received 247 days in jail, and he was given credit for 247 days served.

Court documents state Cochran was charged after he told a Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputy during a traffic stop in July 2016 that he had taken pain medication for his broken back and provided a prescription pill bottle with his name on it containing oxycodone.

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Light orange-colored pills that were identified as 20 mg of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine were found, court documents state.

Cochran reportedly initially denied the pills were his and claimed half of the items in the car belonged to a friend.

Cochran reportedly later field-tested for amphetamine and methamphetamine at the Freeborn County jail.

After being informed of his positive test for amphetamine and methamphetamine, Cochran initially said he had gotten mad at his ex and had taken a black box from her, and admitted the black box contained meth and was located on the front passenger seat, but denied knowing how much meth was in it.

A baggie containing 17 light orange pills which had 20 mg of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine were found in the box, court documents state.

Two bags in the box that weighed a total of 30.73 grams containing what later field-tested positive as meth were also found. Cochran reportedly admitted he had gotten the box from a residence, knowing that it contained drugs.

Cochran was originally charged with first-degree controlled substance possession.

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