Naytahwaush man sentenced to 11 years in prison for meth trafficking

A Naytahwaush man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 11 years in prison for distributing methamphetamine.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 40-year-old Augustus Quintrell Light was found at a Bemidji residence in Dec. 2019 during a drug bust.

More than 50 grams of pure meth was seized, in addition to ammunition and a digital scale.

Light’s Naytahwaush home was searched the same day, where more drugs, ammunition, and $4,800 in cash were seized.

Earlier in the year in March 2019, Light was pulled over in Bemidji for expired registration.

Light reportedly refused to comply with officers and led them on a high-speed chase through Bemidji before he was stopped and arrested.

The investigation was conducted by the Mahnomen and Beltrami County Attorney’s Offices, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, the Bemidji Police Department, and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.

After 138 months in federal prison, Light will spend five years on supervised release.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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