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June 5, 2014

Drugs, cash found after driving complaints

NORTH MANKATO — Random driving complaints about one man, stemming from incidents at a North Mankato mobile home court and drugstore parking lot, resulted in his acquaintance being arrested for allegedly possessing methamphetamine and other drugs.

A large amount of cash also was found at a mobile home court in the 200 block of Kingsway Drive.

A North Mankato officer was working a seat belt extra enforcement shift and had stopped a driver at the Camelot Park at about 2:40 p.m. Sunday. While she was dealing with the driver, a man approached her and reported another man had been speeding through the mobile home park in a green pickup truck.

A woman also pulled up to the officer and reported a driver had been spinning the wheels of a green pickup in the Walgreens parking lot on the other side of Highway 14. She also said the spinning wheels threw up a rock that shattered her back window. When she talked to the driver, he said his name was Nate Thompson, the woman reported. She also gave the officer the truck's license plate number.

As the officer and woman were talking, the pickup drove past with a woman driving. Another officer stopped the pickup. The woman behind the wheel said she had just left her residence to get food. She also said a friend who was staying with her, 29-year-old Nathaniel Mark Thompson of North Mankato, had been driving the pickup earlier.

When the officer went to the woman's mobile home, she didn't find Thompson but did find Briar Michael Mork, 27, of Rochester, another man and a woman who gave her a false name. Mork was arrested because he had a warrant for his arrest in Waseca County. Court records also show he had been arrested in Steele County in April with what police estimated was more than 6 ounces of methamphetamine.

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