Courtland Man Multiple Drug Charges 07 Dec 11

A Courtland man is facing a felony drug charge in Blue Earth County. 20-year-old Nicholas Luepke was one of 18 people arrested in an August 2010 multi-county drug task force sweep for the distribution of black tar heroin and prescription medication. He now faces charges for selling fake methadone to an undercover drug task force agent in Mankato. The charges were filed on Monday. Luepke had been considered to be one of the ring leaders in local drug trafficking when he was charged in Brown County last year. He pleaded guilty to a 1st-degree controlled substance crime and had an 86-month prison term stayed in lieu of 105 days in the Brown County Jail and 30 years on probation. He was also given a chance to enter drug court. He was sentenced to 112 days in the Nicollet County Jail this October as well for a March 2010 incident.