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Judge denies bail reduction, house arrest for convicted drug dealer

 

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A Havre man was denied a bond reduction at a court hearing Wednesday after Deputy County Attorney Cyndee Peterson argued that he "has failed to comply with his conditions of release on numerous occasions."

Robert Lund, 21, is incarcerated at the Hill County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond while a petition to revoke a three-year deferred sentence is pending.

The deferred sentence was given to Lund a year ago after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges stemmed from an incident at a local hotel where, a criminal complaint said, Lund held a party in the summer of 2001.

Tri-Agency Task Force agents recovered marijuana and pipes from Lund's hotel room and his car after obtaining a search warrant, the complaint said.

Court documents submitted by Lund's probation officer, Steve Watson, said Lund's urinalysis tested positive for methamphetamine last February. Watson wrote that Lund also tested positive for methamphetamine in April, and his urinalysis in May revealed cocaine use.

The state subsequently filed a petition to revoke Lund's deferred sentence, but state District Judge John Warner ruled to continue the deferred sentence with the condition that Lund complete inpatient treatment for chemical dependency.

On Aug. 21, he tested positive for cocaine and admitted to using alcohol, just before he was admitted to the treatment program, the documents said. He completed the program on Oct. 8.

Lund again tested positive for cocaine on Nov. 14, the documents said. Watson said Lund also tested positive for marijuana on Dec. 2, and for cocaine use again on Dec. 12.

Peterson filed another petition to revoke Lund's sentence on Dec. 23, and Warner issued an arrest warrant on Dec. 27.

Lund was arrested on the warrant and denied the charges at a court appearance on Jan. 7. He was released from jail on $5,000 bond.

Later that day, Lund allegedly drove through a red stop light and was pursued by a Havre police officer, court documents said.

After a pursuit, the officer arrested Lund on charges of failure to stop at a red light, driving while license is suspended and reckless driving by eluding a police officer.

A breathalyzer test at the Hill County Detention Center revealed Lund's blood-alcohol content to be 0.152, court documents said. The legal limit is 0.10.

Lund appeared in court on Wednesday, where his defense attorney, Jeremy Yellin, asked the court to reduce his bond and said Lund would be willing to remain under house arrest at his father's home.

Warner denied the request for bond reduction and set a hearing on the deferred sentence revocation for Feb. 18.

 
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