Rural Winthrop Man Found Guilty on Multiple Felony Drug Charges

NEW ULM, Minn. – A 41-year-old man from rural Winthrop was found guilty of five felony drug sale/possession charges by a Brown County District Court jury on Dec. 15. James Matthew Pautz was convicted of various drug offenses including first-degree drug sale of methamphetamine, second-degree drug sale of a narcotic drug, third-degree narcotic sale, third-degree possession of a narcotic, and fifth-degree drug possession. Pautz is scheduled for an in-person sentencing hearing on Jan. 29. The conviction stems from a controlled purchase conducted by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force (MRVDTF) on May 26, 2021. … Read more