Coon Rapids man facing first-degree drug charges after Hubbard County traffic stop

A 42-year-old Coon Rapids man is facing a first-degree drug charge after a traffic stop in Hubbard County on Dec. 27.

According to the criminal complaint, Justin Freeman appeared nervous and fidgety when the vehicle was stopped.

The responding deputy reported Freeman consulting with his passenger, 61-year-old Rick Stauffacher, before replying to the deputy’s questions such as “where are you coming from.”

Freeman was then asked to perform field sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed.

A subsequent search of the vehicle found 15 grams of marijuana in the center console and 118 grams of methamphetamine in the back hatch area near the spare tire, as well as nearly $7,000 in cash.

Freeman was transported to the Hubbard County jail for drug and DWI charges, and Stauffacher was arrested on federal warrants.

Freeman will make his next court appearance on Jan. 9.



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