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First-degree drug, intent to sell meth charge filed

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A Hager City man faces a first-degree drug charge after being found at the West Seventh Street Kwik Trip with nearly 20 grams of alleged methamphetamine.

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Taner John Sward, 21, was formally charged in a court complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court Friday. The first-degree possession with intent to sell charge has a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Sward also faces charges for second-degree drug possession, obstructing the legal process and driving after revocation.

According to the complaint, an officer noticed Sward standing next to a black Lincoln Continental with temporary Wisconsin license plates that was parked at Kwik Trip, 309 W. Seventh St. The officer noticed that the vehicle didn't have a front plate and went to investigate.

The complaint states that Sward tried to get in the vehicle after the officer told him not to do so. The officer told him several times to stay back, but Sward continued to try to get into the vehicle.

After a scuffle, officers handcuffed Sward and told him he was under arrest. After noticing an open bottle of alcohol on the car's passenger side floorboard, officers searched the rest of the vehicle.

They found a black case in the center console that contained several small plastic bags, rubber bands and a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. The total weight was 19.9 grams.

Sward later told officers that he had recently bought $800 worth of meth, either that day or the day before, the complaint states. He said he knew that a gram of meth is worth $100.

Sward will make his first court appearance June 7.

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