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Brian Buria Former DNR Officer Sentenced For Drugs
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Former Minnesota conservation officer sentenced in drug case
Pioneer Press
Updated: 08/31/2009 11:36:50 PM CDT

Former Minnesota conservation officer Brian Buria, of Bigfork, was sentenced Monday on two counts of felony possession of controlled drugs.

Buria, 47, received five years' probation and a stayed sentenced on the two counts. He will serve 45 days of electronic monitoring, pay $1,135 in fines, submit to chemical dependency evaluation, abstain from alcohol and drugs, be subject to spot checks by law enforcement officers, provide a DNA sample and complete a cognitive-skills testing course.

Buria pleaded guilty July 27 in Itasca County District Court, according to the Itasca County attorney's office.

On Feb. 19, officers used a search warrant to enter Buria's home and found steroids, marijuana and oxycodone. Buria initially was charged with five counts of illegally possessing drugs, including receiving Valium through the mail from Hong Kong without a prescription. Three counts were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.

Buria had been with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 1986. He was suspended last August pending a DNR investigation on another matter. He has since been dismissed from the DNR.

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