A Grand Rapids man has been sentenced to serve 98 months in prison after pleading guilty to felony first degree sale of controlled substance and felony second degree sale of controlled substance. Bobby Joe Highland, 55, was sentenced Monday in Itasca County District Court.

The crimes were investigated by the Grand Rapids Police Department with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and relate to sales of methamphetamine within the Grand Rapids community.

According to the criminal complaint, during March 2019, officers initiated a controlled substance investigation of Highland. During the course of the investigation, four separate controlled buys of methamphetamine were made from Highland at his residence. The buys were made between March 27 and May 6, 2019. On May 7, 2019, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Highland’s residence. During a search of the home, officers seized 51.3 grams of methamphetamine which Highland admitted belonged to him.

Highland has an extensive criminal history including prior convictions for domestic assault, felony burglary, felony theft, felony escape from custody, and failure to register as a predatory offender.

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