One in drug case receives stayed conviction, must complete sentencingPublished 11:01am Friday, October 19, 2012
An Austin man received a statutory stay of adjudication for a felony drug possession charge Thursday in Mower County Court and must complete his sentencing in exchange.
Anthony Ledoux, 29, was sentenced to five years’ supervised probation and 80 hours of community service. Charges for controlled substance DWI and driving after revocation were dismissed.
Another man police believe was involved in the same case, Juan Irlas, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree drug possession on Aug. 17. Police arrested Irlas and Ledoux on April 24 as court documents say Irlas provided pharmacists at the Austin Walgreens with a fake prescription for Hydrocodone, a pain killer. Police believe Ledoux was trying to pick up the fake prescription. According to the court complaint, the pharmacist said Irlas tried to provide 12 refills of the prescription, but the maximum is five. Furthermore, Hydrocodone requires a DEA approval, of which Irlas had none.
Police also discovered Irlas attempted the same thing in Albert Lea earlier that day, according to the complaint.
At Walgreens in Austin, police blocked Ledoux’s vehicle at the pickup window and arrested him. Ledoux said he was picking the prescription up for his cousin and refused to have officers retrieve his cell phone and said to leave it in the vehicle. An officer said he saw an incoming message on the phone in regards to the drugs, according to the complaint.
Police later arrested Irlas, who said he did not send Ledoux to pick up the prescription. Irlas admitted to obtaining Amlodipine and Buproprion but realized he needed a prescription for the Hydrocodone. He also admitted to being in Albert Lea. His sentencing is set for Nov. 2.