CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the evidence was insufficient to uphold defendant’s conviction of controlled substance crime?
Defendant challenged his first degree controlled substance crime conviction. He argued that the State failed to prove that he possessed the controlled substance. Noting evidence that defendant was found slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle exhibiting signs of drug use, that defendant fled the vehicle when the officer noticed a white substance and tinfoil, and a tin full of heroin was found in the vehicle, the Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that the evidence was sufficient to establish that defendant possessed the controlled substance. Affirmed.
State v. Howard, A21-0334, Beltrami County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.