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Minneapolis Man Sentenced for Drug Possession in Oakdale

An Oakdale officer discovered a car had been reported stolen, so he followed it and stopped it on westbound Interstate 94. Anthony Derell Perry was driving.

A Minneapolis man with a previous felony drug conviction has been sentenced in connection with a 2012 traffic stop in Woodbury during which police found crack cocaine in his gym shorts.

Anthony Derell Perry, 30, pleaded guilty in September to fifth-degree drug possession. Because Perry has a previous felony drug conviction on his criminal record, he faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

According to police, an Oakdale police officer was driving on the southbound ramp of Interstate 694 from 10th Street in Oakdale on Aug. 7, 2012, when he performed a routine registration check of a car in front of him.

The officer discovered that the car had been reported stolen, so he followed it and stopped it on westbound Interstate 94.

The driver was identified as Perry and was arrested. After his arrival at the Washington County Jail, he underwent a search, which turned up a plastic bag containing a white rock inside Perry’s gym shorts, which he was wearing beneath his pants.

The rock tested positive for cocaine and weighed 1 gram.

Perry was convicted in 2010 of felony fifth-degree drug possession, also in Washington County, and was sentenced to 13 months in prison, stayed for five years.

He received the same sentence for the latest conviction.

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