Resident pleads guilty to drug possession
An Austin man facing felony drug charges after his house was searched by police in February pleaded guilty on one count Monday in Mower County court.
Deonte David Davenport, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree drug possession. A second fifth-degree possession charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Davenport awaits sentencing on Aug. 20.
A second man, 21-year-old Denroy Ashan Jeffers-Brown, was convicted of receiving stolen property 10 days ago as part of the same case.
According to a police report, officers were notified of a stolen laptop on the morning of Feb. 3 and went to search the two’s 302 Fourth Ave. SE residence that afternoon.
While inside, officers saw in plain sight a small digital scale that appeared to have marijuana on it, the report states. With one officer remaining at the residence to monitor the two suspects, the rest of the search team left to rewrite the search warrant to include narcotics.
The team returned with a K-9 and uncovered a large bag containing just less than a half-pound of pot, as well as four smaller baggies containing a total of 6.8 grams of the drug, the report states.
Davenport and Jeffers-Brown were both arrested. There were three other adults at the residence, as well as a small child, who were not arrested.
One of the three adults not arrested during the search told an officer that Jeffers-Brown had earlier purchased a laptop for $50, which likely was stolen.
Jeffers-Brown was placed on two years probation for the incident.