Aitkin man charged with possession of heroin

Adam Peter Trask, 29, Aitkin, was charged Sept. 12 in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of fourth degree DWI.

On Sept. 11, a Minnesota State Patrol officer stopped a vehicle which was observed weaving within its lane and over the fog line. The driver was identified as Trask.

The officer noted Trask’s eyes were droopy and that he struggled to keep them open. Trask said his day had been long and was tired.

The officer asked Trask to perform field sobriety tests on which he allegedly did poorly. The officer noted fresh needle marks on his inner elbow.

Trask was placed under arrest for driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.

During an inventory search of Trask’s vehicle, the officer found four hypodermic needles and a metal spoon in the glove box. One of the needles contained 17 units of a light brown liquid which field-tested positive for opiates/heroin. The spoon had burn marks and residue.

Also located were bags, hypodermic needles, a glass mason jar with two grams of marijuana and a metal pipe with residue.

Trask was transported to jail, then to St. Gabriel’s Hospital for a blood test. The sample will be submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for further testing.

In a taped statement, Trask allegedly admitted using heroin.

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

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