Rural Little Falls couple faces drug charges

Paul Michael Nieman, 22,  and Stephanie Marie Meister, 20, both of rural Little Falls, have each been charged with one felony count of fifth degree possession of drugs and storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child.

The complaint filed in Morrison County District Court alleges, that responding to a complaint of a domestic dispute, a deputy spoke to Nieman and Meister outside their home. While speaking with Nieman, the deputy observed him trying to secretly stuff a pack of cigarettes into his pockets.  Upon investigating the package was found to contain clear baggies holding a white powdery substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine.

While searching the residence the deputy found multiple baggies with a white powdery substance which tested positive for methamphetamine. Both Meister and Nieman allegedly stated that they had been smoking meth the previous day and they were addicted to the drug.

Living with the couple was a three-year-old child who was turned over to the custody of a family member following the arrest of Meister and Nieman.

If found guilty, Nieman and Meister each face a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.