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Two charged in Austin pot bust

Officers looking for a stolen laptop computer at an Austin home came across a bigger find Wednesday afternoon.

Police got the computer back as well as seized about a half pound of marijuana from the home at 302 Fourth Ave. S.E., leading to the arrest of two men.

Deonte David Davenport, 19, and Denroy Ashan Jeffers-Brown, 21, each appeared Friday in Mower District Court on two felony counts of fifth-degree drug crime — one charge for sale and the other for possession. The charges stem from police seizing about 227 grams, or eight ounces, of marijuana; about 221 grams of it was kept in one bag.

Jeffers-Brown, who lives at that residence, also faces a felony count of receiving stolen property in relation to the laptop, which was stolen between Jan. 26 and 28 from the Mower County Senior Center in Austin.

A judge set bail for each of the men at $10,000 without conditions or $1,000 with conditions, court documents show.


According to the criminal complaint, Austin police conducted a search warrant at the Fourth Avenue home after taking a theft report earlier that morning about the laptop, valued at $1,300.

Once in the home, officers found the laptop and saw items possibly related to drug sales, such as a digital scale, metal grinder and corner baggies.

Police maintained the scene while other officers obtained a new warrant allowing them to search the home for drugs.

A 16-year-old boy who stole the laptop told police he traded the computer for one ounce of marijuana at Jeffers-Brown's home, the complaint says.

Jeffers-Brown allegedly denied knowing that the laptop was stolen or giving marijuana for it, telling police the boy sold him the computer for $50.

Davenport and Jeffers-Brown return Feb. 18 to court.

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