Arturo Alcozer III, 34, Red Lake Falls, was sentenced for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime, and gross misdemeanor charges of third-degree driving while impaired and giving a false name to a peace officer. A gross misdemeanor charge of third-degree DWI – controlled substance – and a misdemeanor charge of driving after revocation was dismissed.
For the felony charge, Alcozer was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison stayed for five years. Alcozer was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. He was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. Alcozer was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition, or explosives. He was ordered to provide a DNA sample. Alcozer was also ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines.
For the third-degree DWI charge, Alcozer was sentenced to one year in jail stayed for four years. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for four years. Alcozer was ordered to undergo a chemical assessment. He was also ordered to pay a $700 fine.
For the charge of giving a false name, Alcozer was sentenced to 91 days in jail. That time is considered to be served. He was also ordered to pay a $50 fine.
The charges stemmed from a traffic stop on Sept. 22 at about 12:11 a.m., according to the complaint. A Thief River Falls police officer observed a vehicle cross the fog line numerous times on Pennington Avenue. He then conducted a traffic stop.
The driver, later identified as Alcozer, provided a name other than his own. He told the officer that he didn’t have identification with him. The officer could see an open Bud Light can next to a case of Bud Light in the back seat. The officer could also smell an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, which was registered to the female passenger.
The officer gave a dispatcher the name provided by Alcozer. The dispatcher found no record of the name in Minnesota. Alcozer told the officer that he was from Texas. The dispatcher could find no records of that name in Texas either. The officer soon conducted field sobriety tests on Alcozer, who failed three of the four tests.
He denied using drugs or medications, and a preliminary breath test had a result of 0.032. After being placed in the back seat of the squad vehicle, Alcozer provided his actual name to the officer and said he had a warrant out of Red Lake County.
The officer learned that Alcozer’s driving privileges were revoked. Alcozer admitted that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. He said there was marijuana in the vehicle, which was then searched.
The center console contained a bag of marijuana and a hose with an attached smoking apparatus. Police observed white residue on the end of the smoking apparatus. The white residue later tested positive for methamphetamine. A small baggie and a scale were also found in the vehicle.
The vehicle owner denied any knowledge of the drugs in her vehicle. She said Alcozer picked her up prior to the traffic stop. She told police that he frequently drives her vehicle, which is insured by his girlfriend. Since the woman had no signs of impairment, she was allowed to drive the vehicle away from the scene.
The complaint indicated that a search warrant was later executed for Alcozer’s blood or urine. He provided a urine sample. The complaint indicated that Alcozer’s criminal history includes, but isn’t limited to, a 2009 Pennington County misdemeanor theft charge and six Red Lake County offenses.
Those charges included a 2009 charge of driving after cancellation; two 2009 offenses of fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance; a 2009 charge of possession of a controlled substance; a 2014 charge of domestic abuse – violation of a protection order; and a 2018 charge of second degree DWI.
The complaint noted that Alcozer was on supervised probation for the latter charge at the time of this traffic stop.