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Stopped for speed violation, passenger faces drug and firearm charges

A Dakota County sergeant stopped a vehicle on Ravenna Trail for an alleged speeding violation, but ended up arresting a passenger, David Bryan Alfano, 28, St. Paul Park, on possible drug charges and illegal possession of a firearm.

The Dakota County Drug Task Force has charged Alfano with four counts of controlled substance crimes in the second degree and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the criminal complaint, after the vehicle was stopped the deputy talked to the driver, who admitted she did not have a valid Minnesota driver's license. She was placed under arrest for two outstanding arrest warrants. The deputy observed that the driver and her passenger, Alfano, were both exhibiting signs of using methamphetamine.

The driver said Alfano had placed a firearm in her purse. Alfano denied the firearm was his.

A search of the vehicle located a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine, a pipe, police scanner and a device to remove shoplifting prevention measures.

The driver told the deputy that Alfano was going with her to a casino to sell the methamphetamine. She admitted smoking some of the methamphetamine, but denied it was hers.

Alfano said the methamphetamine belonged to the driver and she was going to try to sell it. He admitted that the other items found in the vehicle were going to be used to commit crimes, such as theft.

According to records, Alfano was convicted of felony possession of methamphetamine in 2004 in Wisconsin.