Browerville man charged with possession of meth

Benjamin Joseph Hodge, 23, Browerville, was charged June 19 with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance.

On June 17, a Minnesota State Patrol officer witnessed a vehicle enter an intersection on Highway 27 against a red light. When following the vehicle, the officer noted two men in the vehicle who were not wearing seat belts. He stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Hodge.

Another officer arrived with a K-9 and walked around the vehicle. The dog indicated a presence of drugs in the vehicle and the vehicle was searched due to probable cause. A digital scale was located with residue on its surface which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Hodge was arrested for possession.

If convicted, Hodge faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.