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First-degree drug charges filed

A 32-year-old Hastings man, Micah Shane Fultz, faces two charges of controlled substance crime in the first degree, one count of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree, and one charge of child endangerment after an Oct. 8 traffic stop in Hastings. According to the criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, the Dakota County Drug Task Force received information from a confidential, reliable informant that he had observed Fultz in possession of a large amount methamphetamine, and he might be driving on Highway 61 in Hastings. The task force set up a surveillance along the street to locate Fultz.

An officer saw Fultz driving into a parking lot and stopping. The officers identified the driver as Fultz. They also observed a young child, later identified as Fultz's daughter, in the vehicle.

During the stop, an officer ran a drug detection dog around the outside of the vehicle. The dog was alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle.

In searching the vehicle, the officers located a backpack that contained six plastic bags, which tested positive for methamphetamine, two purple tablets that tested positive for ecstasy, a pipe, a number of plastic bags and a small digital scale. The weight of the methamphetamine was 184 grams.