Mahnomen County Man Sentenced To 138 Months In Prison For Distribution Of Methamphetamine

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Mahnomen County man was sentenced today to 138 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for distributing methamphetamine.

According to court documents, in December 2019, Augustus Quintrell Light, 40, was engaged in the distribution of controlled substances. On December 7, 2019, law enforcement executed a search warrant at a residence in Bemidji, Minnesota, where Light was located. Law enforcement recovered more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine, a digital scale, and three rounds of .45 caliber ammunition. That same day, law enforcement searched Light’s primary residence in Naytahwaush, Minnesota. Within a locked safe inside the residence, officers found small quantities of controlled substances, $4,800 in cash, and three rounds of .45 caliber ammunition.

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In March 2019, Light was pulled over in Bemidji for having an expired registration. After officers smelled marijuana from inside Light’s vehicle, they ordered him to step out. Light refused to comply and instead rolled up his windows, locked his doors, and drove away from the scene at a high rate of speed. Light led officers on a high-speed chase through Bemidji before he was stopped and arrested.

Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk for the District of Minnesota made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge Paul A. Magnuson sentenced the defendant.


This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Mahnomen County Attorney’s Office, the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office, the Paul Bunyan Task Force, the Bemidji Police Department, and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.

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Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander D. Chiquoine and Ruth Shnider prosecuted the case.

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