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Frazee man gets 18 months for meth

Robert Richard Herkenratt, 56, of Frazee, was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime, and gross misdemeanor driving after his license was canceled.

According to court records, about 12:48 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2017, his vehicle was pulled over because of a cracked tail light by a state trooper on patrol on County Road 21. Herkenratt's license was canceled as inimical to public safety, and he was wanted on warrants for failing to report to jail after being convicted on previous charges of driving with a canceled license. He was arrested and his vehicle towed.

A search of his vehicle involving a K9 drug-sniffing dog turned up drug paraphernalia and a glass vial containing 7.53 grams of meth (with packaging) that was lodged between the driver's seat and the center console. He has four prior drug convictions.

Herkenratt appeared in court June 19 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who sentenced him to 18 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered him to pay $215 in court fees.

On the gross misdemeanor charge, he was sentenced to 365 days in jail, with credit for 126 days served, and was ordered to pay a $50 fine.