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Cass County Jail inmate accused of smuggling in drugs

FARGO - A Cass County Jail inmate is accused of smuggling drugs into the jail after a bottle of pills allegedly fell out of his pants. Garret Alan Schantzen, 27, was charged Friday in Cass County District Court with possession of a controlled sub...

Garret Schantzen

FARGO - A Cass County Jail inmate is accused of smuggling drugs into the jail after a bottle of pills allegedly fell out of his pants.

Garret Alan Schantzen, 27, was charged Friday in Cass County District Court with possession of a controlled substance by an inmate, a Class B felony.

According to documents filed with the charges, inmates were let out of their cells on April 17 at about 7:30 a.m. for a rou-tine cell cleaning.

As Schantzen came out of his cell, court documents say, a prescription pill bottle fell out of his pants leg and rolled into a depu-ty's booted foot.

The bottle contained about 69 pills, including alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance, and prednisone.

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Schantzen allegedly told a Cass County detective he had hidden the pill bottle between his buttocks when he was first booked in, because he thought jailers would not let him have his medications.

His next court appear-ance is set for May 22.

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