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Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

A 36-year-old Hastings man faces two counts of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree and one count of theft following an Aug. 30 incident in Hastings.

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According to the criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, a Hastings Police officer observed two males on foot at about 4:30 a.m. Aug. 30. The officer observed Joshua Paul Schaffer take a bicycle from a backyard and ride away on it. The officer alerted another officer who intercepted Schaffer and placed him under arrest.

In a search of Schaffer, the officer found a pack of cigarettes with one cigarette missing. He opened the pack and saw that in the bottom where the missing cigarette would have been was a pill and a plastic bag. The officer found suspected methamphetamine in the bag.

Testing confirmed the presence of methamphetamine in the substance in the bag and the presence of methylphenidate in the pill.

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