Albany man charged with possession of methamphetamine

Shane Leigh Blenker, 19, Albany, was charged Sept. 5 with one felony count of possessing a controlled substance and one misdemeanor each of fourth degree DWI and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a drug.

A Minnesota State Patrol officer received a report of a vehicle being driven erratically. When he located the vehicle, he noticed the side brake light was not working and pulled the vehicle over on County Road 76 in Little Falls.

The driver was not wearing a shirt and the officer observed several marks on his back and chest where it appeared as if the driver was scratching the area. The driver was also fidgety and kept twitching and jerking his arms and shoulders. His leg muscles had spasms and  his jaw was clenching with white foam at the corners of his mouth.

The driver, who identified himself as Blenker, talked rapidly and was animated, according to the criminal complaint.

Several field-sobriety tests were performed which indicated Blenker was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Another officer who was called to assist allegedly observed a pack of cigarettes on the center console with the lid open and a tissue rolled up next to the cigarettes. He also saw a piece of paper folded into a square on the passenger seat. Due to his training, the officer believed the items were associated with methamphetamine.

When asked to step back by the squad car, Blenker allegedly admitted he had about a half gram of methamphetamine in the cigarette pack. He said he was delivering it to someone else. The officer located white powdery crystalline substance which tested positive for methamphetamine. It weighed 0.7 grams.

Also in the vehicle were three glass pipes and four small baggies which appeared to contain a white powdery residue.

Blenker was arrested and taken to jail. He allegedly waived his rights to speak with an attorney and agreed to take a urine test; the results are pending.

If convicted, Blenker faces a maximum penalty of five years in