Call to disturbance results in drug possession arrest

A Little Falls man was charged May 29 with two felony counts of fifth degree controlled substance possession by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

On May 27, a Little Falls police officer responded to the report of a disturbance. As the officer spoke with a group of people, a man, later identified as Justin Edward Minnerath, approached the officer.

Minnerath, 30, had both hands inside a hooded sweatshirt pocket and when asked, allegedly said he had a knife in his possession and pulled it out. The officer grabbed the knife and allegedly noticed Minnerath seemed fidgety, nervous and paranoid. Minnerath told the officer he also had another knife.

The officer noticed a glass pipe in Minnerath’s pocket and Minnerath allegedly admitted it was a meth pipe. Minnerath was searched and the officer discovered a baggie with .26 grams of methamphetamine and another with .33 grams of methamphetamine.

Minnerath allegedly admitted he smoked methamphetamine recently and also had in his possession six Watson 3202 prescription pills he admitted did not belong to him. The pills are a combination of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone bitartrate, which is a Schedule III controlled substance, which cannot be possessed without a valid prescription.

The maximum penalty if convicted for the felony charges is five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.