Harty charged with drug possession; faces five years

Jacob Anthony Harty, 19, Hibbing, was charged Sept. 6, with one felony count of fifth degree possession of drugs by the Morrison County Attorney’s office.

The Little Falls Police Department received a complaint Sept. 4, to have an unwanted person removed from a person’s residence. The complainant said Harty was under the influence of methamphetamine and refused to leave.

An officer went to the residence and located Harty in the garage. Appearing to be under the influence of a controlled substance, the officer advised him he had to leave at the owner’s request.

Harty left on foot while the officer made contact with his probation agent. The agent said the requirements of Harty’s probation was to be randomly tested for drugs.

The officer gave Harty a pat down and placed him in the squad car. The officer allegedly found a glass pipe in Harty’s pocket and a small baggie containing a white powdery substance that appeared to be methamphetamine and field-tested as such.

If convicted, Harty faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.