Park Rapids men arraigned on felony meth charges
A Park Rapids pawnshop was searched Friday as officers arrested the proprietors for possession of methamphetamines.
Fuller's Pawn Shop is not implicated as a business, said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne, but both Michael Steven Fuller, 52, and Robert Joseph Fuller, 48, appeared in District Court Monday, each charged with Fifth Degree Controlled Substance crimes. The men are local residents.
A third Park Rapids man, Jerald Dean Drewes, 58, faces a Second Degree Controlled Substance Crime for the alleged sale of meth to an undercover informant sometime between Dec. 10, 2011, to Jan. 5. Drewes also appeared in Hubbard County District Court Monday.
Judge Robert Tiffany set bond for Robert Fuller at $75,000 unconditional and $50,000 with the conditions that he remain law-abiding, refrain from any substance abuse, stay in touch with his attorney and make all future court appearances.
Bond for Drewes was set at $200,000 unconditional or $150,000 with the same conditions. Bond for Michael Fuller was set at $10,000 unconditional and $5,000 with the same conditions.
The arrests are the latest in a series of crackdowns by county deputies, city police officers and drug task force personnel.
According to the criminal complaint, Robert Fuller and Drewes picked up a quantity of meth, which Fuller placed in a safe. Drewes was given $1,200 in cash for a meth purchase from the informant.
Agents planning the buy observed Drewes and Robert Fuller leave Drewes' home, then go to Park Rapids and enter the pawnshop Jan. 6. As the suspects exited the business, they were ordered to the ground. A smoking device fell out of Robert Fuller's pocket. A second one was located during a subsequent search. Both contained meth. Robert Fuller was previously convicted of a Controlled Substance Crime in 2004.
On the latest charge he faces a maximum of 10 years and/or a $20,000 fine upon conviction.
Drewes was previously convicted of "a controlled substance crime for which expiration of parole/probation was within the last 10 years," according to the complaint. His charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years and/or a $500,000 fine upon conviction.
Michael Fuller was arrested at the pawnshop the same day. During a pat-down frisk officers conducted for safety, they found a glass pipe and baggies of meth, the complaint states. Michael Fuller was patted down because the pawnshop sells and buys numerous weapons.
Michael Fuller's charge is punishable by a maximum of 5 years and/or a $10,000 fine upon conviction.
The men's next court appearance is set for Jan. 17.
Authorities say more arrests have been made and more are planned.