Swanville man charged with possession of meth

Mitchell Paul Lange, 29, Swanville, was charged Nov. 8 in the Morrison County District Court with one felony count of fifth degree possession of drugs.

On Nov. 7, a state trooper allowed a vehicle to pass his squad car which was parked on the side of Highway 238 after a car-deer accident. The vehicle immediately pulled into a driveway and stopped about 100 feet from the road.

The trooper also turned into the driveway and approached the vehicle. Lange allegedly told the officer he lived at that address with a friend, but could not provide a name. He then admitted he did not live at that address but pulled into the driveway because he was afraid he would be stopped for speeding.

According to the criminal report, Lange told the trooper he had a gun in the trunk of his car, but the trooper allegedly observed a long gun in the back seat. At that time, he had Lange get out of the vehicle. Since the trooper was the only officer at the scene and Lange had allegedly lied to him twice, he placed Lange in the back of the squad car.

The officer then observed a maroon zipped case near the driver’s seat which allegedly contained a pipe with residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Lange was arrested and a later search of the vehicle revealed a baggie and glass tube with residue which tested positive for methamphetamine.

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