Convicted drug dealer charged again

A 35-year-old Minot man is accused of intending to deal meth in Minot last week.

Bowe Bently Getzlaff is charged in district court in Minot with unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class B felony. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Getzlaff’s girlfriend found the meth in Getzlaff’s coat pocket on Oct. 19 in their southwest Minot residence and called a probation officer. The girlfriend texted Getzlaff and asked him about the meth. Getzlaff texted her back that she could keep it. The girlfriend then called Getzlaff and he told her that he was keeping the meth for someone else and “someone else was going to come after her now because there’s $5,000 on the line.”

Law enforcement officers went to the residence and the girlfriend turned over two packages of meth, one containing about 15 grams of meth and the other containing one half of an ounce of meth.

Getzlaff has prior convictions in Ward County for drug related offenses, according to court records. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to dealing oxycodone and was sentenced to five years in the state penitentiary. His probation was revoked in July 2016 after he was charged in May 2016 with possession of a controlled substance and pleaded guilty to the charge in July 2016. He was ordered to serve another 18 months, with a recommendation that he be sent to drug treatment while in prison. He was placed on supervised probation for two years.

– Andrea Johnson