27-year-old pleads guilty to possessing drugs in school zone

Published 6:10 am Friday, June 4, 2010

A 27-year old Austin man plead guilty to possessing drugs in a school zone — a felony — Thursday in Mower County court.

Chevy Lee Chris Brown awaits sentencing on Aug. 6.

Brown was among four people arrested during a police search of 505 Fifth Ave. NW on May 18. Members of the Austin Police Department, the Mower County Sheriff’s Office and the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Taskforce conducted the raid, which was part of an ongoing SEMNGTF investigation.

The other three arrested — 29-year-old Dinah Rae Brandt, 31-year-old Brian Omar Martin and 22-year-old Shavon Leeanne Hodges — all pleaded not guilty to various drug charges Thursday.

Inside the residence, which is within 300 feet of Pacelli High School, officers found methamphetamine and marijuana paraphernalia, as well as just less than 1 gram of meth in a plastic baggy. A syringe loaded with what was likely meth was also recovered in a bathroom, according to a police report.

Several cell phones recovered by authorities also contained text messages related to drug sales.