Local man sentenced year after drugs, gun found in traffic stop

Luke Warren Brewster
Luke Warren Brewster

A Cambridge man is facing 60 months in prison for possessing a firearm by a prohibited person, a felony, from a traffic stop last year in Chisago County.

Luke Warren Brewster, 34, was ordered to immediately begin serving a term broken down to 40 months in prison and 20 months on supervised release at his sentencing Nov. 13 in Chisago County District Court. He was found guilty on the weapons charge July 12 of this year, while the court dismissed two felony-level controlled substance crimes along with a felony escape from custody count and providing false information to a peace officer, a gross misdemeanor crime.

Brewster did receive credit for time served in custody on the date of the offense.

According to the court complaint:

On June 9, 2012, a trooper from the Minnesota State Patrol stopped a vehicle occupied by four people for traffic violations on Interstate 35 near County Road 10 in Chisago County. The driver, Brewster, was identified by a different name on a Minnesota driver’s license, as the officer learned his real name after fingerprinting him. The others, all of similar ages, were identified as well.

While speaking with Brewster, the trooper smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment of the vehicle. He saw Brewster had bloodshot, glazed eyes, while everyone in the vehicle appeared nervous. Hearing contradictory stories about their destination from those in the car, the officer arrested one person in the backseat, since the man had a warrant out for his arrest.

When the officer conducted a pat-down for weapons of Brewster outside the vehicle, he saw a rolled up, brown paper bag on the driver’s seat floorboard. Brewster was then detained and placed in the back seat of another trooper’s squad car.

Both troopers searched the vehicle and found a glass pipe, commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, in the brown bag on the floorboard. Also found was suspected drug paraphernalia where the front passenger had been seated, and that passenger admitted to having a meth pipe on her.

During the search of the vehicle, the troopers found suspected meth in a duffle bag and the center console, suspected marijuana in a cigarette pack, seven hydrocodone pills and 54 oxycodone pills in toiletry bags, a Cobra .380-caliber handgun with a serial number rubbed off in a duffle bag containing Brewster’s belongings and $1,396 in the center console.

The suspected substances found in the duffle bag tested positive for the presence of meth with a weight of 3.1 grams. Those found in the center console also tested positive for meth with a weight of 13 grams.

Following the search, one of the troopers saw Brewster moving around in the squad’s back seat before jumping out of the passenger door and attempting to flee the scene. A passenger from the suspect vehicle had let him out, the troopers discovered.

Moments later, a trooper deployed his Taser on Brewster, who was detained again, and the passenger who let him out was ordered to the ground. As for all the passengers, they admitted that all four occupants of the vehicle were smoking meth.

In light of Brewster’s sentencing order, additional conditions indicate a financial commitment of $135, which will be taken from prison wages, and no firearms for the rest of his life. He also must supply a DNA sample, abide by the rules of probation and remain law abiding and of good behavior.

Brewster’s criminal history reveals a prior conviction for controlled substance crime in the fifth degree from December 10, 1998, out of Pine County.

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