PIPESTONE — A Sept. 13 traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Jasper man for an alleged drug crime.
A Pipestone County deputy sheriff pulled over Jacob Brown, 27, after noticing that he was driving while his license was revoked. Throughout the interaction, Brown reportedly seemed nervous and was exhibiting several signs of being under the influence of narcotics.
Officers had Brown perform field sobriety tests to ascertain whether or not he was indeed under the influence of drugs. He underwent the horizontal nystagmus (HGN) test, wherein a suspect follows an officer's finger with their eyes; the walk-and-turn test; and the Romberg test, in which a suspect is asked to remove their shoes and stand with both feet together and arms held next to the body or crossed in front of the body, and first stand quietly with eyes open, then with eyes closed.
All three tests indicated that Brown was under the influence of a controlled substance.
A drug detection dog was brought to the scene, and the K9 officer alerted on Brown's vehicle to the presence of narcotics. A search revealed a clear bag with 27.5 grams of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, a meth pipe, scales, two small plastic baggies and a butane torch.
Brown was arrested and charged with second-degree drug possession, a felony with a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison and/or a $500,000 fine. If convicted, Brown's sentence will be determined based on his criminal history.
Brown was released from Pipestone County Jail Sept. 14 on $20,000 conditional bail. His initial court appearance was Tuesday.