Controlled Substance Sale within a “School Zone”

Did a sale of a controlled substance occur within a school zone?

Minn. Stat. Section 152.01, subd. 14a defines “school zone” as “(1) any property owned, leased, or controlled by a school district or an organization operating a nonpublic school,” and “(2) the area surrounding school property as described in clause (1) to a distance of 300 feet or one city block, whichever distance is greater, beyond the school property…”  When the area surrounding a school property is organized in a city-block system, “one city block” creates a zone that includes the entirety of “first-ring” city blocks. Therefore, a school zone would include each of the city blocks that is adjacent or diagonal to the city block containing the school property. See Edward John Lapenotiere, Jr. v. State, No. A17-0456, 916 N.W.2d 351 (Minn. 8/1/2018).