A Fridley traffic stop for an obstructed license plate and illegal lane maneuver led to the discovery of over 145 grams (5 ounces) of alleged methamphetamine and the arrest of a suspect who was out of custody on zero bail after being charged in another drug case last month.
Noah Napolean McDougall, 43, of Robbinsdale was charged in Anoka County District Court with two felony counts of first-degree controlled substance involving sales and possession following the traffic stop earlier this month near 57th and University Avenue Northeast.
During the traffic stop, the officer became suspicious of the driver, identified as McDougall, due to his behaviors and admission of prior methamphetamine use and drug arrests.
McDougall consented to a search of the truck whereupon the officer found a large clear plastic bag containing two smaller black plastic bags which appeared to contain shards of methamphetamine.
The white crystal substance and shards contained in the bag field tested positive for 116.3 grams and 28.9 grams for a total of 145.2 grams of methamphetamine, charges say. McDougall later admitted that he “retrieved” bags of methamphetamine and distributed them all over the state. Fridley officers also seized a notebook from the vehicle suspected to contain drug notes or drug ledgers from prior narcotics trafficking.
Alpha News reported that McDougall was arrested and charged under similar circumstances following a Nov. 2 traffic stop for an equipment violation in Big Lake. The stop led to the discovery of over 128 grams of meth, drug paraphernalia, and weapons, according to charges filed in that case in Sherburne County District Court.
McDougall was charged last month in that case with one felony count of first-degree narcotics possession over 50 grams. McDougall was conditionally released from custody on his “own recognizance” by Judge Karen B. Schommer with zero bail required after making an initial court appearance. McDougall was required to remain law abiding and was prohibited from drug or alcohol use, and was required to submit to random substance testing as part of his conditions of release.
McDougall remains in custody on the new charges in Anoka County Jail on $150,000 bail and is scheduled to make his next court appearance in the new case on Jan. 11, 2023.
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