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Court Proceedings

Brown County District Court

• Benjamin A. Fleischmann, 38, 2526 S. Bridge St., New Ulm, was charged with felony 5th-degree sale of marijuana mixture and 5th-degree drug possession-not small amount of marijuana Jan. 21. A first appearance was set for 8:30 a.m., Jan. 26.

On Jan. 15, 2021, BLRR DTF (Brown-Lincoln-Redwood-Renville Drug Task Force) agent Mullenbach, New Ulm Police Investigators Hohensee and Moellenhoff and New Ulm Police Officers Lerud and Martin executed a search warrant at 2526 S. Bridge St. #141, New Ulm, occupied by Fleischmann and his nine-year-old son.

Agent Mullenbach entered the garage and immediately detected a strong odor that his training led him to believe was marijuana. Agent Mullenbach asked Fleschmann if there was anything in the residence they needed to know about and he said the same stuff as last time. The agent believed Fleischmann was referring to his Sept. 2020 arrest when a search warrant was executed on the trailer by New Ulm Police.

In the residence with Fleischmann and his son, Hohensee talked to Fleischmann’s son and arranged for him to be taken from home and cared for.

A total of 1,423 grams of suspected marijuana and 3,350 in cash were found in a locked safe. In addition, five large, sealed bags of 757 total grams of suspected marijuana were found under a bathroom sink; plus pill bottles and baggies with suspected marijuana that weighed about 52 grams.

Other items found in the trailer included a marijuana pipe, 7 boxed THC pods each containing 500 mg. 3 bags of suspected marijuana residue, an Apple iPhone belonging to Fleischmann and a billing statement with his name and billing address.

The total weight of the suspected marijuana in the residence was 2,232 grams (4.92 grams, 2.32 kilograms. Each item was field tested with a positive, presumptive result for marijuana.

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