Felony charges filed in Nobles County District Court

WORTHINGTON -- Felony charges were filed Wednesday in Nobles County District Court against three area men accused of methamphetamine-related crimes.

WORTHINGTON -- Felony charges were filed Wednesday in Nobles County District Court against three area men accused of methamphetamine-related crimes.

Kevin Joe Pospisil, 47, of Worthington, faces three counts of conspiracy for sale of methamphetamine while in possession of numerous firearms; three counts of first-degree controlled substance possession; and four counts of third-degree controlled substance sale.

Joshua Allen Kruse, 34, of Worthington, faces one count of fifth-degree controlled substance possession with a prior conviction. Kruse was convicted in November 2004 of first-degree enhanced controlled substance crime for possession of methamphetamine.

David Arnold Stanley, 46, of Paullina, Iowa, faces one count of fifth-degree controlled substance possession.

According to the criminal complaints, a Windom police officer arrested an individual for possession of methamphetamine on Tuesday in Windom. The individual told the officer he purchased the methamphetamine in Worthington from someone named "KP." The officer then contacted an agent with the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, and the two interviewed the individual at the Cottonwood County Sheriff's Department.


The individual was shown a photo of Pospisil and allegedly identified Pospisil as the man who sold him the methamphetamine.

The individual said after he and Pospisil exchanged text messages and a phone call, he allegedly went to Pospisil's residence to purchase a plastic baggie of methamphetamine for $70. The individual stated that he received the drug directly from Pospisil and smoked with Pospisil while inside the residence.

The individual also stated that he has purchased methamphetamine more than 20 times from Pospisil, and said that Kruse supplies Pospisil with methamphetamine.

Agents with the BRDTF, assisted by the Nobles County Emergency Response Unit (ERU) executed a search warrant at Pospisil's residence Tuesday morning.

Members of the ERU entered the residence and located numerous people inside, including Kruse, Stanley and two other males. Those four individuals were detained and later arrested.

In the room where the individuals were located, agents allegedly found a cigarette pack with a plastic baggie inside. The baggie contained 1.7 grams of a white crystalline substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Agents also found a glass methamphetamine pipe.

After the ERU team entered the residence, an officer allegedly saw two people run from the residence heading east. The K-9 unit was contacted and began tracking the individuals.

The K-9 indicated the presence of human odor near a wood pile, and the officer found a glass pipe with white residue, a brown bag and a green lighter in that area. The brown bag contained three plastic baggies filled with a white crystalline substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine.


About a foot away, three more plastic baggies with a similar substance were found in a black cloth bag. The total weight of all six baggies was measured at 112.2 grams. None of the items found had dew or dirt on them.

The officer and K-9 continued tracking the individuals at the edge of a bean field, where the K-9 again indicated the presence of human odor. Pospisil was located in the bean field about 20 to 30 feet from the wood pile and was later arrested.

About 30 feet from where Pospisil was located, agents also found an audio recorder. An agent recognized the voice of Pospisil speaking with a female on the recording.

During the search of the residence, agents located and seized one handgun found in a safe and several long guns.

Stanley gave a recorded statement that he had been at Pospisil's residence since Monday and was working for Pospisil. He stated that he had entered the house just before authorities arrived, and that as he entered Pospisil allegedly went past him and exited through the back door.

Stanley allegedly admitted being addicted to methamphetamine. Both Kruse and Pospisil declined to give statements.

During the past six months, BRDTF members have received numerous reports that Kruse and Pospisil were allegedly trafficking methamphetamine together, including reports from two cooperating individuals (CI) who allegedly purchased methamphetamine from either Pospisil or Kruse.

If convicted, Pospisil faces a maximum of 100 years imprisonment and/or up to $2,250,000 in fines. Stanley faces up to five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine. Kruse faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and/or a $20,000 fine.


Bond was set at $75,000 for Pospisil, $40,000 for Kruse and $5,000 for Stanley. Conditions of release include submission to random drug testing and abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Pospisil and Kruse may not leave the state.

All three men are currently being held in the Nobles County Jail.

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