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Man facing felony drug charge

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

Tederian Charles Hughes, 36, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, as well as storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, both of which carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

At 3:55 p.m. Nov. 7, a Fairmont police officer received a call from an agent with the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The agent had information that one of his probationers, Hughes, had been using meth and possibly had a gun in the house. The agent requested the officer’s assistance in doing a home visit.

The officer and agent met at Hughes’ residence in the 1000 block of North Prairie Avenue in Fairmont. The agent knocked on the door and spoke with an adult female, who indicated Hughes was home. Hughes came to the door.

Hughes denied he had been using, and stated they could enter the home. The agent asked if they could go look in the basement and Hughes consented, stating he had been allowing another adult female to stay with him in the basement. Hughes stated that when he received word the agent was coming over, the adult female got up and left the house before they arrived.

The officer and agent both observed an open bottle of vodka and a beer sitting on the step to the basement. In the basement, they observed a glass bowl with bluish-colored water sitting on a night stand. Next to the bowl was a can of butane, used to refill lighters and torches.

On an adjacent table, they observed a green-colored pipe sitting next to a container of medication. Hughes admitted the medication was his, and began pointing out different items that were sitting around the room and claimed they belonged to the adult female who recently left the house.

The officer observed there was a white residue in the glass bowl that was discovered, which later tested positive for meth. Hughes admitted he had taken a hit of meth “the other day.” The green pipe also tested positive for meth.

In the garage, officers discovered plastic tubing with glass attached to the end of that tested positive for meth, as well as a plastic tube that also tested positive. The officer later spoke with the female who had answered the door. She indicated the female whom Hughes had indicated was staying with him had been staying with them for one night, and she had not seen her that day.

The officer discovered that two children lived in the home with Hughes.

Hughes has two prior controlled-substance related convictions in 2017.

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