Man facing felony charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Larry Annis Drayfahl III, 32, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On Aug. 25, a Fairmont police officer was on patrol when he observed a van pull into Kwik Trip. The van looked familiar from past police contacts, so the officer ran the license plate, which came back registered to a relative of Drayfahl’s. The officer knew the van to be driven by Drayfahl, who had an active warrant out for his arrest.

The officer observed Drayfahl exit Kwik Trip and get into the van.

The officer approached and noticed a young child, age 5, in the middle row of seats. The officer advised Drayfahl that there was an active warrant out for his arrest. He asked Drayfahl to step out of the vehicle.

When asked if he had any weapons, Drayfahl said he had a knife in his pocket. The officer began to pat down Drayfahl and felt a marijuana pipe in his left pants pocket. Drayfahl said the pipe was all he had on him, and the officer placed him under arrest and handcuffed him.

The officer removed the marijuana pipe, along with other pocket contents, including Ziplock bags containing a large amount of what the officer recognized as meth.

Another officer arrived and transported Drayfahl to the Martin County jail.

The van was towed to police impound and an inventory search was conducted, where more paraphernalia and items were found.

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