Herald JournalWinsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Nov. 4, 2002

Search warrant results in meth arrest

By Ryan Gueningsman

Evidence of controlled substance (methamphetamine) distribution and consumption was found following a search warrant executed Wednesday by local police and the Southwest Metro Drug Task Force at 460 1st St. N.

"This search was the result of an investigation that had been on-going," said Southwest Metro Drug Task Force Coordinator Jason Kamerud.

Christopher Ryan Paulson, 23, of Winsted, was arrested and charged with a first degree felony of selling controlled substances (meth). Jeremy Dotson, 32, of Victoria, who is Paulson's cousin, was cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia.

The property, including the house, a shed, and the vehicles, was searched thoroughly without incident.

"We found drug paraphernalia ­ pipes, and items consistent with consumption," Kamerud said.

No actual methamphetamine was found on the scene, however, a small amount of marijuana was.

The criminal complaint states that the sales occurred on four separate dates in October ­ the most recent being Oct. 29.

The substance sold that day was field tested by Kamerud and proved positive for meth. The total amount that Paulson received for the meth was $1,125. He faces a penalty of 30 years imprisonment and/or a $1,000,000 fine.

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