Nisswa police seize 33 grams of meth in traffic stop: Defendants face drug sale and possession charges
What began as a routine traffic stop ended with a vehicle driving through a residential yard, two people arrested and the seizure of 33 grams of methamphetamine.
Justin Jeffrey Holland, 25, Wadena, and Brooke Michelle Alexander, 26, Pine River, were both charged May 10 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with five drug-related felonies—first-degree drug sale with 17 grams or more of meth, first-degree drug sale conspiracy, second-degree drug possession and two counts of fifth-degree drug possession.
According to the criminal complaints filed against Holland and Alexander, at 2:20 a.m. May 9, a Nisswa police officer was sitting stationary on Crow Wing County Highway 77 when he observed a vehicle traveling west. The officer ran the vehicle's registration and learned the registered owner, Holland, had a suspended driver's license. The officer tried to catch up to the vehicle after it had turned south down Highway 371 and observed the vehicle had already traveled a considerable distance at a high rate of speed, with the officer driving 80-90 mph to catch up to the vehicle.
The vehicle turned onto See Gull Road and then onto a road that led to several residences, continuing at a high rate of speed. Based on the high rate of speed and evasive driving, the officer believed the driver was attempting to evade law enforcement.
When the road ended, the suspect vehicle went across a yard, at which time the officer activated his emergency lights. The vehicle came out of the yard onto another driveway and came to a stop in an empty lot near another residence, where the driver fled on foot. The officer pursued the driver for a short distance and lost sight of him.
The officer returned to the vehicle and located Alexander, who was walking away from the vehicle carrying a backpack and purse. Alexander was secured in handcuffs and placed in the squad vehicle. Another officer arrived on scene to assist and the other males in the vehicle were removed and identified. They were identified as Holland, the registered owner of the vehicle, and a 22-year-old man.
The officers located a used glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine in the vehicle and the pipe tested positive for methamphetamine. There also was a plastic container on the driver side floor board with a white powder residue that later tested positive for meth. Additional items located in the vehicle were a digital scale with residue that tested positive for meth and a cigarette pack in the glove compartment containing a small amount of marijuana.
A search of the backpack Alexander was carrying revealed a blue jar with a white powder residue that tested positive for meth.
Alexander denied knowing any of the people in the vehicle and claimed to not know the driver, the complaint stated. Holland denied knowledge of the meth pipe or scale but admitted the marijuana belonged to him. Holland also identified the 30-year-old driver.
Another officer arrived on scene and searched the area the vehicle traveled prior to stopping. The officer located a clear plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance that later weighed 28.69 grams and field tested positive for meth. The baggie was located in the yard the vehicle drove through just prior to stopping. Officers also located the hat the driver was wearing when he fled in the driveway.
Alexander and Holland were arrested and transported to the jail.
The officer later reviewed his squad video, which showed the baggie being thrown from the driver side of the vehicle. The video also showed a second baggie being thrown, which was later located and contained a white substance that tested positive for meth and weighed 4.6 grams.
Other items seized were a bag containing several new small clear plastic baggies commonly used to hold narcotics, a syringe, a spoon and blue plastic container with a white powder residue that later tested positive for meth. Also seized was a pill bottle with the name scraped off, containing four pills later identified as 20 milligrams of amphetamine/dextroamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance.
Holland and Alexander remain in the Crow Wing County Jail in Brainerd. Holland's next court hearing is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Monday and Alexander's next court hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. May 23. According to court records, Holland has a prior conviction for fifth-degree drug possession from September 2013 and Alexander has a prior conviction for fifth-degree drug possession from January 2019.