By Ivan Raconteur
A routine traffic stop in Lester Prairie early Tuesday morning led to a trip to the McLeod County jail for Lance Allen Beckman, 19, of New Germany. Beckman was charged with several offenses including felony possession of heroin, according to a formal complaint.
At approximately 12:30 a.m., Lester Prairie Police Officer Brenda Conzet stopped Beckman for speeding, and for no vehicle registration.
Beckman was only able to provide a photo copy of his driver’s license, and told Conzet that he had sent his license to the social security office to obtain a new card. His social security card was located in his wallet during the investigation, according to the complaint.
Conzet requested assistance from the Winsted Police Department.
Officer Justin Heldt responded to the scene to assist with the narcotics investigation.
Officer Heldt detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
During the search, officers located the following items on Beckman’s person:
• two bags of marijuana totaling 25.2 grams.
• one jar of finely ground marijuana totaling 3.1 grams.
• one small ball of a tar-like substance that tested positive for heroin using a NIK test. (This is a field test used by law enforcement officers. The substance has been sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for confirmation, Lester Prairie Police Chief Bob Carlson said.)
• other assorted pipes, scales, and drug paraphernalia.
Beckman admitted that he did not have any registration for the vehicle and did not have any proof of insurance.
The vehicle was impounded until the owner could be located and notified, and Beckman was transported to the McLeod County Jail and held for court.
Beckman was charged with a felony count of possession of heroin, punishable by five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, failure to carry proof of insurance when operating a vehicle, and operation of an unregistered vehicle, each punishable by 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.