Emmetsburg man gets 4 years probation in drug case

Emmetsburg man gets 4 years probation in drug case
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An Emmetsburg man was sentenced last week in Third District Court in Clay County to four years of probation in a drug case that stretches back to September 2017.

Mark Keniston, 29, as part of an earlier agreement, had pleaded guilty to a count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and a count of failure to affix drug tax stamp.

Judge David Lester suspended concurrent five-year jail sentences for both charges.

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Keniston was ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment.

A count of manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver methamphetamine was dismissed as part of the agreement.

Keniston’s case began in September 2017 when law enforcement officers searched a Grand Avenue apartment.

Court records state officers located about 61.8 grams of marijuana, 6.9 grams of meth, a scale, clear plastic baggies, a clear glass pipe containing meth residue and a multi-colored pipe with burnt marijuana residue inside.

An order to issue an arrest warrant for Keniston was filed January 4, 2018. Emmetsburg police served the warrant on November 8, 2018.

That month, Keniston pleaded not guilty to the charges. At one point, a trial was scheduled.

However, in February, an agreement was reached and Keniston submitted written guilty pleas.

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