Sherburn man facing felony possession count

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

Glen Jay Larson, 54, 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 Sept. 27, a Fairmont police officer was patrolling known areas with drug activity when he observed a motorcycle parked at a known drug house. The officer had been in the area less than 30 minutes prior and the motorcycle had not been there.

The officer parked in the area for about 10 minutes before he heard the motorcycle leaving. The officer followed, and eventually observed the motorcycle fail to signal a turn.

The officer initiated a traffic stop and approached the driver, later identified as Larson. The officer asked Larson if he had any signals on his motorcycle. Larson said he did not.

Based upon observations of Larson’s appearance and inconsistencies with facts that Larson told about where he had just been, as well as other observations, the officer asked Larson if he would consent to allow him to search his motorcycle. Larson denied consent.

When asked if he would consent to have a K9 perform an exterior sniff of his bike, Larson again denied consent.

The officer indicated to Larson that he had a reasonable suspicion of drug activity, and that he would be running his K9 around the motorcycle. The officer also explained to Larson that he would first pat him down for weapons for his safety.

While patting down Larson, the officer felt what he believed to be a meth pipe. Larson began to put his hand down and the officer told him not to reach for it. When asked if he had a meth pipe, Larson said he did not think so.

The officer removed the object, which was a meth pipe containing obvious white residue. Larson was placed under arrest.

During the subsequent search of Larson, officers discovered two baggies containing meth.