By Dan Nienaber
Free Press Staff Writer
ST PETER — A tip from an informant resulted in the arrest of a 29-year-old St. Peter man who is now facing drug and felon in possession of a firearm charges.
The Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force had received several complaints about Nielsen Francis Ove selling drugs before an informant came forward with more information last week, according to a complaint filed in Nicollet County. The informant told a task force agent that he or she had purchased methamphetamine from Ove within the previous three days.
The informant also described the Ford Explorer Ove was driving and said he had removed a side airbag so he could use the compartment to hide drugs. Ove, who is a convicted felon, also carried a handgun in his jacket, the informant reported.
A notice was put out to St. Peter police asking officers to look for Ove’s vehicle. It was found parked outside a mobile home in Summit Park, which is where Ove’s girlfriend is living, within an hour, the complaint said.
The agent used binoculars to watch the mobile home from a distance. He asked to have a uniformed officer stop the Explorer after he saw a white male leave the home and get into it. A St. Peter police officer pulled Ove over a short time later and arrested him at gunpoint. Ove complied and immediately admitted to having a gun in his jacket, the complaint said.
A velvet bag with several empty plastic bags, needles and loose bullets was found in the compartment, according to the complaint. The plastic bags had residue that allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine. After obtaining a search warrant, investigators also found a cigarette box that contained about 7 grams of methamphetamine.
In addition to the felony gun charge, Ove has been charged with four felony drug possession and drug sales charges, two felony charges of storing methamphetamine paraphernalia and waste near a child, and one felony charge of receiving stolen property.
Ove is to be sentenced April 8 for a terroristic threats charge that stemmed from a March 2012 incident where he was accused of kidnapping and assaulting his girlfriend. Most of the charges filed after the incident were dismissed. His girlfriend told Ove’s attorney police officers had manipulated her and blown the incident out of proportion.
Ove pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fleeing police in a motor vehicle for a 2009 incident in Kasota.