Firearms, drugs seized last week
Law enforcement officials executed two search warrants last week and seized firearms and an assortment of drugs. Matthew Donald Brown, 27, of 15855 County 18, Park Rapids, was arraigned last Wednesday on a charge of fifth degree controlled substa...
Law enforcement officials executed two search warrants last week and seized firearms and an assortment of drugs.
Matthew Donald Brown, 27, of 15855 County 18, Park Rapids, was arraigned last Wednesday on a charge of fifth degree controlled substance crime.
According to Hubbard County Sheriff Gary Mills, a search warrant was executed at Brown's residence in Henrietta Township March 7. Deputies and agents of the Paul Bunyan Task Force found approximately 8 ounces of purported marijuana, packaged in six separate plastic bags. Also located was a variety of marijuana smoking paraphernalia, including a coffee grinder with marijuana residue.
Maximum penalty on the charge of fifth degree controlled substance crime is five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.
As part of a broader investigation into trafficking large amounts of methamphetamines, law enforcement officials in at least five counties executed search warrants last week, Mills reported.
One of the warrants was executed Thursday in Hubbard County at the residence of Steven Louis Stirwalt, 27957 County 4, Park Rapids.
Officers located and seized 14 firearms, most of which have been identified as stolen.
Also located and seized were items believed to contain methamphetamines, along with several items of drug paraphernalia.
Hubbard County deputies, members of the Paul Bunyan and West Central Drug Task Forces and Park Rapids Police Department were involved in this search.
Once investigations are complete, reports will be submitted to the Hubbard County Attorney for charges, Mills said. As of Monday, Stirwalt was not in custody here.
"Others are currently in custody in other counties as a result of this investigation. The investigation also involves the trafficking of large amounts of methamphetamines," Mill said.