Two felony drug charges against Nieman dismissed

Paul Michael Nieman, 22, Little Falls, had one felony charge of fifth degree possession of drugs and one felony charge of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child dismissed in district court Feb. 20.

On June 15, 2012, a Morrison County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the residence of Nieman. While speaking with Nieman, the deputy observed him trying to conceal a pack of cigarettes.

The deputy asked to see the pack and Nieman became enraged and told the deputy he needed to be cut a break because he didn’t do anything wrong.

Nieman proceeded to crush the pack of cigarettes and flee toward a rear bedroom. The deputy seized him and handcuffed him. Nieman then told the deputy inside the pack was a baggie containing a white powdery substance. It later field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

The deputy was given permission by another resident to search the home and he found multiple baggies containing methamphetamine. Also located was drug paraphernalia.

Living with the two was a 3-year-old child who was turned over to a relative following the arrest of both adults.

Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich said the two charges were dismissed due to a constitutional defect regarding the seizure of the drugs at the scene.