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November 21, 2013

Drug raid garners meth, cash

Two children also taken from Mankato residence

MANKATO — Nearly an ounce of suspected methamphetamine and about $1,800 in cash were confiscated and two people arrested when drug agents searched a Lynn Lane residence earlier this week.

Agents with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force agents also arranged for two children, ages 8 and 10, to be removed from a mobile home at 115 Lynn Lane during the raid Tuesday.

The mother of the children, 34-year-old Nichole Marie Dauk, was one of the people arrested. Harold Ray Donovan, 37, was the second person arrested because agents suspect he also was staying at Dauk's residence. Both are facing felony charges of first-degree drug sales, first-degree drug possession and permitting children to be exposed to methamphetamine.

The criminal complaints filed in Blue Earth County District Court don't say why agents were able to obtain a search warrant, but the sales charges against Dauk and Donovan accuse the couple of selling more than 10 grams of methamphetamine within a 90-day period.

A black safe was found in a bedroom in the mobile home. Agents reported finding a bag of methamphetamine that weighed 23 grams, $1,860 in cash, multiple small bags with methamphetamine residue and other small bags containing suspected methamphetamine, the complaints said. Another 4 grams of the drug were allegedly found in Dauk's purse along with what agents suspect was a drug ledger.

The total weight of the methamphetamine found, along with its packaging, was 31 grams, the complaints said. A member of the task force estimated the weight of the drug alone is more than 25 grams. Clothing for both Dauk and Donovan, drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine that would have been easily accessible to the children also were found. A surveillance system, including two cameras installed outside the mobile home, also were discovered.

Criminal complaints for other drug cases involving methamphetamine have said the drug sells for about $100 per gram. Agents reported Dauk told them the drugs belonged to her and they were for personal use. Donovan allegedly told investigators the methamphetamine belonged to him.

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