Bemidji man sentenced on drug charge

Bemidji man sentenced on drug charge
Bemidji man sentenced on drug charge

A Bemidji man was sentenced Monday, Nov. 14 in Pennington County District Court for possessing methamphetamine paraphernalia.

Adam Scott Newquist, 27, was sentenced on a felony charge of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. A misdemeanor charge of theft was dismissed.

For the drug offense, Newquist was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He was ordered to not or use possess firearms, ammunition, or explosives for the remainder of his lifetime. Newquist was ordered to supply a DNA sample. He was ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines and $30.03 in restitution.

The charge stemmed from a Feb. 17 report of a theft of gasoline from Holiday, according to the complaint. At about 9:50 p.m., a driver, later determined to be Newquist, had driven away without paying for about $30 in gasoline. An officer went around the block, finding a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. Newquist was walking away from the vehicle at the time. Newquist, who said he had no money to pay for the gasoline, admitted driving away without paying. The officer learned that Newquist had active warrants out of Cass County at the time.

Prior to arresting Newquist, the officer searched him and found a meth ingestion device. It tested positive for meth. The complaint indicated that Newquist’s criminal history included, but wasn’t limited to, three fifth-degree drug possession charges (including one for meth), a charge of possession of burglary or theft tools, a third-degree burglary charge, a charge of financial transaction card fraud and a felony charge of issuance of dishonored checks.

The charges stemmed from 2015 to 2021. They were filed in four counties, and none of the charges were filed in Pennington County.

Adam Scott Newquist
Adam Scott Newquist