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Farmington traffic stop leads to drug charge

He might not have gotten exactly what he was looking for, but a Dakota County Drug Task Force agent's Oct. 26 surveillance has led to felony drug charges against a 29-year-old Lakeville man.

The task force agent was conducting surveillance on a Farmington home when he saw a man he recognized as Eric Daniel Kline get into a car and drive away. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office the task force officer knew Kline's driver's license had been revoked.

A Farmington police officer stopped Kline's car and asked for Kline's license. According to the complaint Kline at first gave his brother's name and birth date but later admitted his identity.

When police searched Kline they found .18 grams of methamphetamine in a cigarette pack, two pipes with drug residue and a butane torch.

If convicted on a felony fifth degree drug charge Kline could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

A gross misdemeanor charge of giving false information to police has a maximum sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $3,000 and a petty misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia has a maximum fine of $300.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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