St. Charles mayoral candidate convicted of drug charges

A St. Charles mayoral candidate will remain on the ballot despite two felony drug convictions. Stephen Thomas Conlin will be sentenced in December after a jury found him guilty of third-degree marijuana sale and fifth-degree possession of marijuana last week. The charges stem from a 2010 raid on his home and downtown barbershop where authorities confiscated more than 17 pounds of pot, marijuana plants, cash and firearms.
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A St. Charles mayoral candidate will remain on the ballot despite two felony drug convictions, the Winona Daily News reports.

Stephen Thomas Conlin will be sentenced in December after a jury found him guilty of third-degree marijuana sale and fifth-degree possession of marijuana last week. The charges stem from a 2010 raid on his home and downtown barbershop where authorities confiscated more than 17 pounds of pot, marijuana plants, cash and firearms.

If elected, Conlin won't be able to serve as mayor because of the convictions and it would be up to the city to decide how to fill the vacancy, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Conlin told KAAL last week that he was "set up" given that the raid occurred just before the 2010 election when Conlin was up for city council and now the recent conviction during his run for mayor.

The Winona Daily News also noted Conlin is also awaiting a jury trial in January 2013 for another felony drug charge. During this raid, officers confiscated marijuana labeled: "Minnesota’s First lawful Marijuana Mercantile: Stephen Conlin’s the BUZZ ‘High grade’ quality."

Conlin is running against incumbent Bill Spitzer.

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