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Search of Luverne home leads to drug-related charges

LUVERNE -- Two individuals accused of trafficking drugs out of a Luverne home face criminal charges in Rock County District Court. Stephanie M. Watson, 30, of Luverne and Mark D. Moyer, 37, of Larchwood, Iowa are charged with felony storing meth ...

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LUVERNE - Two individuals accused of trafficking drugs out of a Luverne home face criminal charges in Rock County District Court.

Stephanie M. Watson, 30, of Luverne and Mark D. Moyer, 37, of Larchwood, Iowa are charged with felony storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child and fifth-degree drug possession, a gross misdemeanor. Moyer also faces felony fourth-degree drug sale, punishable up to 15 years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.  

According to the criminal complaint, Rock County deputies and Minnesota state troopers executed a July 12 search warrant after a tip from another individual arrested that same day for allegedly purchasing meth from a home in the 200 block of south Estey Street.  

Moyer and Watson were in the home’s garage upon law enforcement’s arrival and were arrested pursuant to the search. A child asleep on the couch was taken by a relative prior to the home’s search, the complaint details.

The search, which deployed the use of a K-9, led to the discovery of 2.3 grams of meth, glass pipes and many other drug paraphernalia and items, the complaint states.

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Watson initially took ownership of the meth, but later recanted during a post-arrest interview with law enforcement. Moyer also claimed none of the meth belonged to him.

The two were booked into the Nobles County Jail. Moyer’s bail was set at $10,000 with conditions and $30,000 without. Watson’s was set at $3,000 with conditions or $10,000 without.

Their initial appearances are scheduled July 23 in Rock County District Court.

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Moyer

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