Stefan Tucker faces prison for possession of a controlled substance

Stefan Scott Tucker, 39, Little Falls, was charged in District Court May 8, with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of fourth degree operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance and driving after revocation.

On May 7, a Little Falls police officer responded to a complaint of a man passed out in his vehicle at a gas station on the east side of Little Falls. When the officer arrived, he observed the vehicle running with the lights on, parked by the gas pumps. The person behind the wheel appeared to be unconscious.

The officer turned off the vehicle and woke the driver to ensure he was OK. The man, later identified as Tucker, was allegedly jittery, nervous and incoherent.

Tucker was asked to perform field sobriety tests and according to the criminal complaint, he had difficulty understanding simple instructions.

The officer placed Tucker under arrest for driving while impaired and he was transported to the Morrison County jail where he was searched. In his possession law enforcement found marijuana and gray-colored pills later identified as Oxycodone, which cannot be possessed without a valid prescription.

During a blood test, Tucker allegedly admitted he had taken Percocet pills and methamphetamine.

In checking Tucker’s criminal history, law enforcement discovered he had one prior felony controlled substance conviction in the past 10 years.

If convicted, Tucker faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and/or a $20,000 fine.