21-year-old fair booth worker charged with marijuana sale

Published 10:39 am Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A 21-year-old Albert Lea resident arrested for allegedly selling marijuana at the Mower County Fair has been charged with drug crimes.

Raymond Paul Wentzel faces one count of felony third-degree drug sale after a member of the Austin Police Reserve allegedly saw a transaction between him and a second male.

The criminal complaint said the reserve officer confronted the two suspects at the grandstand after calling for assistance. The buyer allegedly pulled a small bag of marijuana worth $100, according to the defendant, from his pants pocket and gave it to the reservist.

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The complaint said Wentzel admitted to the sale, saying that the two had been working at adjacent fair booths.

Using a K-9 dog, police searched the buyer’s booth and his employer’s truck, where they allegedly found a small amount of marijuana in a storage compartment near the rear passenger seat. It totaled 6 grams, according to the complaint. The bag allegedly in possession of the buyer weighed 26 grams.

Wentzel is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 25.