Woman sentenced for possession of pot with intent to deliver

A 24-year-old Minot woman was given a deferred imposition of sentence on Tuesday for intending to deal marijuana in February, but will also spend six days in jail “to remind (her) of where (she) doesn’t want to be.”

Crystal Lynn Wassmann pleaded guilty to the Class B felony offense of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Under the terms of a plea deal, a possession of drug paraphernalia charge was dropped.

Wassmann will be on supervised probation for three years and must obtain a chemical dependency evaluation and pay fines. Judge Richard Hagar agreed to suspend all but 12 days of a 60-day jail sentence as a condition of probation. With credit for the six days she has already served, Wassmann will have to serve six more days in the Ward County Jail. Wassmann told Hagar she will lose her job if she has to serve all 60 days. Hagar then agreed to give Wassmann a deal on the jail time but said he wanted her to do six days so she would remember she doesn’t want to go back in the future.

However, Wassmann’s co-defendant, Craig Robert Valliere, 26, was required to serve the entire 60 days in jail on the same charge. Judge Thomas Merrick sentenced him on the same Class B felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver charge on July 5. Valliere was also given a deferred imposition of sentence, three years of supervised probation, was required to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation and pay fees. Merrick did allow Valliere to be released from jail to go to work or school, as allowed by jail rules.

If both Wassmann and Valliere successfully complete probation, the felony charge will be dismissed.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the Ward County Narcotics Task Force searched the apartment where Wassmann and Valliere lived at 150 39th Avenue SE on Feb. 14 and found three ounces of marijuana in the freezer. Also found were baggies, a digital scale and marijuana paraphernalia and $700 in currency.

– Andrea Johnson

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