MN driver stopped, arrested in Buffalo Co.; admits to using meth

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ALMA, Wis. (BUFFALO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE) -- On 06/21/2014 at 00:06 AM, a Buffalo County Sheriff's Deputy initiated a traffic stop with a passenger van at the intersection of STH 35 and Silver St, in the Town of Buffalo. The van did not have a functioning headlamp. The driver, Trenton Alan Anderson, 36, of Leroy, MN, was transporting 16 passengers from the Amish community to Cresco IA. The ages of the passengers ranged from 2 months to 43 years old.

The Deputy recognized that Anderson may be impaired and contacted the Buffalo County Sheriff s Dept. K9 unit to assist with investigation. After a K9 alerted to the presence of controlled substance in the vehicle, a search of the vehicle was conducted. Deputies located a baggy of methamphetamine and three meth pipes in Anderson's back pack. Anderson admitted that he had smoked meth prior to operating the vehicle.

A records check was done and it revealed that Anderson did not have a driver's license and had four prior convictions for operating while impaired related violations. Anderson was arrested and taken to the Buffalo County Jail. Charges for Possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating with a restricted controlled substance (510) and operating without a valid driver's license have been forwarded to the Buffalo County District Attorney's Office.

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