COURT REPORT: Waseca teen charged with felony drug possession

A Waseca teen has been charged with felony drug possession after a fight with a woman led police to search his belongings.

According to a Feb. 27 criminal complaint filed in Waseca County court, Austin Bell, 18, was allegedly found in a vehicle not belonging to him when police responded to a call about the argument.

In the vehicle, police reportedly found an open bottle of alcohol and three backpacks. Bell said the alcohol didn’t belong to him but that the bags did.

Inside the bags, law enforcement allegedly found a small amount of marijuana, several small bags with methamphetamine, several large knives, a blowgun and items “commonly used to snort illegal narcotics.”

According to the complaint, Bell said someone had put those items in his bag.

After he was arrested, police reportedly found a pair of brass knuckles in his front pocket.

Bell has been charged with one felony count of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance as well as possession of dangerous weapons, having an open bottle in a vehicle, driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

If found guilty of all charges, Bell faces more than five years in prison and $13,300 in fines. Sentences are based on several factors, including a defendant’s criminal history. According to the Minnesota courts website, Bell has no similar criminal history.

His next court appearance is scheduled for April 16.

In other reports

• According to a March 2 criminal complaint filed in Waseca County court, Michael Martin, 44, of Owatonna, was arrested March 1 after police were notified that he was driving through Waseca without a license.

After marijuana and methamphetamine were reportedly found in his vehicle, Martin was placed under arrest. A search of his vehicle allegedly revealed various drug paraphernalia.

Martin has been charged with one count of felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance as well as driving after revocation, driving without proof of insurance and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

If found guilty of all charges, Martin faces more than five years in prison and $12,300 in fines.

According to the Minnesota courts website, Martin has no similar criminal history, but several driving after revocation convictions

His next court appearance is scheduled for March 24.