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Pizza order leads to meth bust

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An untimely pizza order spelled doom for a St. Paul man who faces a felony drug charge, according to Woodbury police.

A criminal complaint against the 28-year-old man spells out the allegations like this:

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The man was at the Red Roof Inn on Dec. 20, 2011, while Woodbury police were combing the motel for mail fraud suspects. Officers caught up with the man, Chee Her, who invited them into his room and told them they could search it.

While officers scoured the room, Her asked if it was OK if he ordered a pizza, but he needed the motel's address in order to complete his food order.

An detective looked through a Red Roof flyer on the dresser to help the man locate the address. When he lifted up the flyer, a small baggie fell out and landed on the dresser.

Police said the baggie contained a white powder of suspected methamphetamines. Detectives continued searching the room and found another baggie containing suspected meth.

Her told police he figured the substance would test positive for meth since "he was pretty sure someone got high in the room," the complaint states.

In an interview with police, Her denied the baggies were his but reiterated his assertion that they would likely test positive for meth.

He was later charged by Washington County prosecutors with fifth-degree drug possession. His case is set for a November jury trial.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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