Defendant sentenced for three felonies

A Watford City man has been sentenced to serve 60 days after entering a change of plea to guilty to three Class C felony charges for possessing a stolen firearm and controlled substances.

Francisco Javier Flores Jr., 31, Watford City, was sentenced on Thursday in North Central District Court after entering his plea change May 2 to two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm and a count of theft-firearm.

According to court documents, a Stanley Police K9 officer was patrolling on U.S. Highway 2 in Stanley when the officer observed a white Dodge Nitro with only one working license plate light, which made it hard to read. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Flores after he produced a United States ID. The officer observed the faint odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and detained Flores and his brother Daniel Flores, 28, who was a passenger.

Francisco Flores initially denied there was marijuana in the vehicle, but eventually stated some could be found in a black box. The box was located during a search of the vehicle, which contained paraphernalia and about 16 grams of marijuana and 5.2 grams of suspected psychedelic mushrooms. Plastic bindles containing 17.2 grams of meth and 34 fentanyl pills were also located under the passenger seat.

Officers also discovered a TAS 9mm handgun with the magazine removed during the search. A search of the gun’s serial number found it had been entered as stolen by the Angelton, Texas, Police Department.

District Judge Richard Hagar sentenced Flores to serve 60 days of a five-year sentence with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the drug possession charges, with credit for seven days already served. Flores was ordered to complete three years of supervised probation and pay $525 in court fines and fees. Flores was sentenced to first serve eight days of a 366-day sentence for the gun theft charge, which will be concurrent with the sentence from the other counts. The weapon was ordered to be returned to the owner.

Two charges for Class C felony possession of a schedule I hallucinogenic with a firearm and Class A misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.


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