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April 27, 2014

Tips lead to drugs and cash

Drugs found include large amount of ecstasy

MANKATO — Drug agents investigating anonymous reports of short-term visitors at an apartment in the 400 block of Holly Lane allegedly found large amounts of ecstasy, marijuana and cash at the residence.

In addition to felony drug sales and possession charges, Thomas Jay Haugesag, 22, also is facing a felony firearm charge because agents reported finding a semi-automatic pistol and a cache of ammunition. That ammunition, found in a suitcase with the gun, included 11 magazines that were each loaded with 17 rounds.

Agents with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force did what they call a "knock and talk" visit to the apartment Thursday. Another man living in the apartment answered and invited the agents in, according to an affidavit that was used to justify the search.

After the agents smelled "an overwhelming odor of marijuana" in one of the rooms, they asked the man to close the room's door while they obtained a search warrant.

Agents reported finding glass jars full of what they suspect was marijuana, $320 in cash and a drug scale in a chest in the room, according to the criminal complaint filed in Blue Earth County District Court Friday. They also reported finding a suspected drug ledger, bags commonly used to package marijuana and a black safe.

An ounce of suspected ecstasy, also known as "Molly," was found inside the safe along with another $1,780 in cash, the complaint said. An unknown white substance and small plastic gem bags, commonly used to package ecstasy, also were found, the agents reported.

Haugesag was not home at the time, but he was located later and arrested. Smaller amounts of marijuana and hash, $60 in cash and two cellphones were confiscated by law enforcement officers during the arrest, according to the complaint.

Bail was set at $3,000 with conditions or $40,000 without conditions when Haugesag appeared in court before District Court Judge Bradley Walker Friday afternoon.

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