Quarter pound of meth seized in Hubbard County bust
A St. Cloud man was arrested and charged with three felony drug possession counts following a traffic stop early Monday morning in Hubbard County.
John Patrick Nystrom, 44, of St. Cloud is charged with felony First Degree Sale of methamphetamine, First Degree Controlled Substance and Fifth Degree possession of marijuana.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Hubbard County District Court, law enforcement received information from an informant on April 10 that Nystrom was coming to Park Rapids with a large quantity of methamphetamine.
The informant told a Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office special agent conducting the investigation that Nystrom intended to distribute the meth in the Park Rapids area.
The agent relayed the information to field officers and at 1:57 a.m. on April 11 a Minnesota State Trooper stopped the vehicle for speeding on Highway 87 near Hubbard. A Hubbard County deputy assisted on the stop and identified Nystrom’s passenger as David Jay Schlien, 30, who had a warrant for his arrest out of another county, the complaint stated.
Nystrom allegedly had a metal tin on him which contained micro baggies of a substance the officers believed to be meth.
Officers conducted a search around the vehicle using a K-9 which alerted for the presence of drugs. The vehicle was towed to the law enforcement center.
Officers executed a search warrant on the vehicle and located inside approximately 108 grams, about ¼ pound, of meth. Officers also located in the vehicle $1,032 in cash. Officers located in the passenger side door panel a small amount of heroin, which according to the complaint, Schlien admitted to using prior to being stopped.
Nystrom has several prior controlled substance convictions including one in Benton County where he served time in prison within 10 years.
The first degree felony charges carry a maximum penalty of $1 million fine and/or 40 years in prison.
He made his initial appearance in Hubbard County District Court on Thursday.
Nystrom was arrested in 2015 following a one vehicle crash on Highway 87 near the Hubbard Dam. According to the complaint filed from that incident, a Minnesota State Trooper responded to the crash and requested a Hubbard County K-9 unit. The K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs in both the trunk and driver’s side door.
Officers obtained a search warrant and located 56.7 grams of meth inside the vehicle. Nystrom was charged with one count of felony First Degree Controlled Substance.