Local man faces felony drug count

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

Daniel Rozel Hatfield, 51, 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 Feb. 14, an agent with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force applied for and was granted a search warrant for a residence in the 300 block of Fairview Avenue in Fairmont, in connection with an ongoing narcotics investigation.

On Feb. 20, agents executed the search warrant and immediately made contact with two individuals in the living room, one of who was identified as Hatfield.

During the search, agents discovered paraphernalia for smoking narcotics, including gem baggies, a grinder for processing marijuana, pipes and a cell phone belonging to Hatfield. The pipes and baggies later tested positive for the presence of meth, as did a glass pipe located between the mattresses of a bed located in the living room. During the course of the investigation, Hatfield admitted the bed was his.

The other man in the residence was sitting on the couch when agents entered. Within the couch cushions where he was sitting agents discovered another glass pipe that field tested positive for meth.

Both men were taken to the Martin County Law Enforcement Center where they were interviewed.

During Hatfield’s interview, he explained he was the only person on the lease to the property. He then admitted to smoking meth within the past few days, and admitted other individuals were selling meth out of the residence.

During the other man’s interview, he indicated he stayed at Hatfield’s residence on and off. He also admitted that he received meth from another individual while staying with Hatfield.

A check of Hatfield’s criminal record indicates he has a conviction for a controlled substance crime in 2002.