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Drugs, cash, gun allegedly found in suspect’s safe

An alleged drug dealer was charged with felony weapons violations last month after authorities executed a search warrant at his Woodbury home.

Southwest Hennepin County Narcotics Task Force members executed a search warrant at the Hemlock Boulevard home of Jason Brian Stofer on March 3 after he was arrested leaving the home.

According to a criminal complaint, a search of the home turned up a locked safe that was found to contain a .45-cal. pistol, two ammunition magazines, a digital scale, $3,240 in cash, along with suspected methamphetamine and marijuana and other suspected drug-related items. The pistol’s serial number was filed off, the complaint states.

Stofer was charged with one count of second-degree possession of a dangerous weapon in connection with meth possession and one count of removing the serial number on a firearm.

According to the complaint, Stofer’s girlfriend told investigators that he keeps the gun for protection and sells meth up to five times a day.

The second-degree weapons charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

-Mike Longaecker

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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