Drug Task Force nets two suspects

Stanton

NEW ULM — Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville Drug Task Force (BLRR-DRF) agents of the Minnesota River Valley (MRV) Drug Task Force and New Ulm Police netted two suspects while executing multiple search warrants at the residence and garage of a 29-year-old New Ulm man Jan. 15.

The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) was utilized to enter the house of Travis M. Stanton, 811 N. Broadway, because it was reported there were guns and aggressive dogs inside.

Stanton was charged with six counts of felony firearm violations, felony third-degree drug possession-methamphetamine/amphetamine in a park zone, gross misdemeanor fifth-degree drug possession-not small amount of marijuana and dangerous weapons-brass knuckles.

In addition, Tiffany Bobo, 27, 904 S. State, was charged with felony third-degree drug possession and felony fifth-degree drug possession-not small amount of marijuana.

Both suspects are in custody and appeared at bail hearings in Brown County District Court Jan. 17.

Stanton’s bail was set at $75,000. A hold was placed on him for a parole violation, third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

After the ERU secured the house, garage and all occupants, DTF agents entered, searched and found Stanton who said he has been “using” again, referring to methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Agents found a baby spoon with residue on it on a computer desk. The residue field-tested positive for methamphetamine. A set of brass knuckles and a digital scale was found that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

As agents entered the home from the back, they saw a woman run out of the front of the house. She was stopped, identified as Bobo, and taken into custody. An agent was familiar with Bobo, knowing she had an active Brown County warrant. She was transported to the Brown County Law Enforcement Center.

Agents noticed a broken glass pipe consistent with meth use, residue and a bag with residue, which all field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Another broken meth pipe was found, leading agents to believe Bobo destroyed evidence prior to law enforcement’s entry into the home.

The guns were a Smith and Wesson .40 Caliber, Smith and Wesson SD40VE and Ruger P89 9mm, which had rounds in a chamber and a magazine loaded in the gun. When asked, Stanton said his DNA would come back on the guns because he held all three recently, and he identified them. Stanton said he never shot the guns but they were at a safer spot because he was on parole.

Stanton was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in McLeod county Court on March 16, 2007. Bobo was convicted of fifth-degree controlled substance possession in Brown County Court on May 11, 2015. Both remain in custody at the Brown County Jail.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

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