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Woodbury man charged in meth case

A Woodbury man was charged with first-degree drug possession after a traffic stop turned up several ounces of methamphetamine and thousands in cash.

Jacob Lindekugel, 20, was charged July 8 with one count of first-degree aiding and abetting drug possession.

According to a criminal complaint, Lindekugel was driving a vehicle that was pulled over for speeding. A Washington County deputy became suspicious of the driver, Lindekugel, after detecting the smell of marijuana and witnessing him acting "extremely nervous."

After Lindekugel was instructed to exit the vehicle, the deputy discovered a wad of cash adding up to $3,122, according to the complaint.

The vehicle was later searched and turned up nearly eight ounces of meth, more than 800 pills of Valium, two bottles of methadone and nearly 100 other prescription pain pills.

The complaint states Lindekugel admitted the Valium belonged to him and that the drugs did not belong to his passenger, 35-year-old Keith Jakala. In an interview with police, Jakala -- who was also charged in connection with the incident -- said the drugs were Lindekugel's and that he had boasted about making "a bunch of money from selling drugs in the past two days," the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Lindekugel's criminal history includes a drug possession conviction from Utah.

Lindekugel made his initial court appearance on July 17. His next hearing is Oct. 16.

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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