Meth arrests follow three traffic stops
Between April 26 and May 6, six people were arrested in Staples after three different traffic stops found evidence of methamphatimes in three separate vehicles.
On May 6, at 3:41 p.m., Staples Police conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 10 for three occupants not wearing their seat belts. After getting identification from the individuals it was the found that the driver had a revoked license and had an active warrant from Norman County. It was also found that the male passenger was giving a false name to police. After finding out his real name it was found he had an active warrant out of Clay County. The female passenger was showing signs of recent drug use and gave consent to search her purse. Police found a broken meth pipe in the purse. After searching the vehicle, police found six ounces of marijuana, 40 grams of methamphetamine and another glass meth pipe. Police arrested Kevin Thomas, 23, of Twin Valley, charging him with first and fifth degree possession of a controlled substance and driving after revocation. Police also arrested Aaron Pelham, 33, of Waubun and charged him with fifth degree possession of a controlled substance and giving a false name to police. Police also arrested Jessica Nelson, 35, of Ogema and charged her with fifth degree possession of a controlled substance. All three individuals were transported to the Todd County Jail. Police were assisted by the Motley Police Dept.
On April 29; at 1:42 p.m., Staples Police conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 10 for obstructed view. While at the vehicle, police could smell an odor of marijuana. After searching the vehicle police found three digital scales, with two testing positive for methamphetamine, two glass meth pipes, 56 grams of marijuana, one schedule IV prescription pill, six cell phones, two open bottles of liquor, other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, a driver’s license and social security card along with credit/debit cards belonging to an elderly female in Eagan and one taser. Police arrested William Huff, 51, of Minneapolis and Jennifer Burton, 46, of Staples. Huff was charged with fifth degree sales and three counts of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance. Burton was charged with fifth degree possession of a controlled substance. Police were assisted by the Wadena and Todd County Sheriff’s Depts. Both parties were transported to the Todd County Jail.
On April 26; at 2 p.m., Staples Police conducted a traffic stop for a driver and passenger not wearing seat belts and for obstructed view. After talking with both parties, police saw signs of recent drug use. After police identified the female passenger it was determined she gave a false name and date of birth. Police got consent to search the vehicle and found a glass meth pipe, a digital scale with meth residue, 23 small individual baggies, eight hypodermic needles, five cell phones, three spoons with an unknown substance on them, drug paraphernalia with marijuana residue and a taser. Police arrested Shanda Hagen, 32, of Naytahwaush and charged her with third degree sales of a controlled substance, fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, giving a false name and date of birth of a real person, possession of hypodermic needles and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hagen was transported to the Todd County Detention Center. The male driver was released at the scene.