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Convicted felon charged with firearm, drug possession

Correction:  The article has been modified to properly reflect the amount of marijuana allegedly discovered at Jasper's business, as identified in the criminal complaint. His previous conviction of a crime of violence was also further clarified.

PIPESTONE — A Pipestone County man faces a pair of felony charges following the execution of a search warrant at a location known to be his place of business.

Travis D. Jasper faces felony charges of felon convicted of a crime of violence-firearm violation and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance-not a small amount of marijuana while in possession of a firearm. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 9:25 a.m. Jan. 2 in the 1600 block of 135th Avenue, Holland. Alleged discoveres at the premises included more than 39 grams of marijuana without packaging, a baggie containing white residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, a rifle magazine with one .243 round and drug paraphernalia including baggies, rolling papers, a marijuana bong and marijuana pipes. Also found later in the search was a case of .22 bullets.

According to the complaint, Jasper was convicted of fifth-degree assault in February 2007 in Pipestone County, which is classified as a "crime of violence," making him ineleigible to possess firearms or ammunition. He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail and a $30,000 fine for the firearm violation charge, and up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine for the possession with a firearm charge. He is currently being held in the Nobles County Jail.

Jasper is set to appear in Pipestone County District Court at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Ryan McGaughey

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