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2 sentenced for felony drug crimes; Both had prior convictions

Two individuals were sentenced on Thursday in Mower County District Court for felony drug crimes. Judge Christa M. Daily issued the sentences.


Kieth Eugene Anderson

Kieth Eugene Anderson, 30, of Owatonna was sentenced to 52 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for felony third-degree drugs – possess 10 grams or more of a narcotic other than heroin. He received credit for 72 days served.

Kieth Eugene Anderson, 30

Charges of misdemeanor possess over 1.4 grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle, misdemeanor driving after revocation and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed as part of a plea agreement reached on Dec. 2.

Court documents state that a Mower County Deputy made a traffic stop on a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville on Oct. 8 at the Fourth Street Northwest Kwik Trip after observing the driver, Anderson, was not wearing a seat belt.

Anderson said he did not have a valid license and that he was “trying to get my buddy’s car back to him.” The deputy ran his information and learned Anderson’s license status was “revoked” and that the Pontiac was registered to a resident of Owatonna.

Law enforcement got consent to search the Pontiac and found a black backpack in the trunk. Deputies found a plastic bag containing 16.3 grams of methamphetamine and two marijuana pipes inside the backpack. A methamphetamine pipe containing 1.6 grams of methamphetamine was found inside a tackle box.

Anderson denied knowing about the methamphetamine and said he did not know who owned the backpack. He indicated that he had driven the car for only about 30 minutes, saying he had picked up the vehicle “somewhere over by Skinner’s Hill.”

A review of Anderson’s criminal record shows prior convictions for domestic assault, financial transaction card fraud, offering forged checks, possession of drug paraphernalia, predatory offender registration violation and violation of order for protection.


Archie Deangelo Larkins

Archie Deangelo Larkins, also known as Archie David Larkins, 43, of Austin was sentenced to 10 years of probation for felony third-degree drugs – sale of a narcotic.

He received a concurrent sentence of 10 years of probation for another charge of felony third-degree drugs – sale of a narcotic. The charge was reduced from felony second-degree drugs – sale of 10 grams or more of methamphetamine – as part of a plea agreement reached on Aug. 19.

Archie Deangelo Larkins, also known as Archie David Larkins, 43

Court documents state that narcotics detectives met with a confidential reliable informant (CRI) on July 27, 2018, about purchasing methamphetamine from Larkins. The CRI was searched and given buy money and an audio transmitter. He was then monitored as he went to a location in the City of Austin and purchased methamphetamine from Larkins.

The CRI then met police at a predetermined location and turned over 1.26 grams of methamphetamine. He also confirmed Larkins sold him the drugs.

Narcotics detectives met with a CRI on Feb. 26, 2019, again with the inetention of purchasing methamphetamine from Larkins. The CRI advised that Larkins agreed to sell him 14 grams of methamphetamine at a location in Austin. The CRI and his vehicle were searched and police provided him an audio transmitter and buy money.

The CRI was monitored as he drove to a location in Austin, where Larkins got into his vehicle. Larkins then instructed him to drive to a different location, where he sold him a plastic bag containing 13.949 grams of methamphetamine.

The CRI then left the area, met with police at a predetermined location and turned over the drugs.

A review of Larkins’ criminal record shows prior convictions for theft, drug possession and drug sales.

In addition to probation, Larkins must follow 23 conditions. Failure to follow the conditions could result in up to 57 months in prison.