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Caught with drugs, man blames kids

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crime and courts Farmington, 55024

Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

A 51-year-old Farmington man charged with possession of a controlled substance said the methamphetamine police found in his car belonged to some kids he'd caught drinking there.

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Farmington police searched Gary Dale Johnson's car on Oct. 21 and found a baggie with what they believed to be a controlled substance. They stopped the search then to get a narcotics search warrant. When Dakota County Drug Task Force Agents searched the car the following day they recovered the baggie as well as a document bearing Johnson's name.

According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office Johnson told police in an Oct. 27 interview he owns the car and keeps it parked in front of his parents' house. He told police he keeps personal items and tools in the car.

Johnson told police that within a week before the police search he'd caught a group of teens drinking in the car and that afterward he'd found the baggie of what he believed was methamphetamine. He said he'd put the baggie in the car's ashtray with plans to destroy it. He later admitted he kept the meth "because of his addiction."

Johnson was convicted in May of 1997 on a second degree controlled substance charge. If convicted this time on a fifth degree drug charge he could face up to 10 years in jail and up to $20,000 in fines.

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