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Drugs, guns found close to school

One block away from Colvill Family Center, Red Wing police searched an East Fifth Street home for evidence of activity related to the sale of controlled substances to juveniles and adults, according to a criminal complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court Monday.

Police found four separate bags of methamphetamine, which totaled 2.5 grams, six firearms, bags of ammunition, eight separate bags containing small amounts of marijuana, morphine tablets, hydrocodone pills, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, authorities said.

David Brian Schwab, 56, 217 E. Fifth St., was arrested and charged with felony second-degree sale of a schedule I or II drug in a school zone, felony fourth-degree sale of marijuana in a school zone, gross misdemeanor possession of a pistol/assault weapon – user of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor.

Red Wing Public Schools offers early children and family education classes and services at Colvill Family Center.

Police also found a scale and vacuum packaging allegedly associated with marijuana packaging in Schwab’s trash prior to obtaining the warrant.

According to the complaint, Schwab told police he is the only one living in the home and the drugs and guns were his.

The guns included a double-barrel shotgun, two .22 caliber pistols, a .22 caliber rifle, a .40 caliber pistol and a .50 caliber rifle, the complaint states.

Schwab told police he had morphine, hydrocodone and another prescription in the house, according to the complaint, and authorities found 62 morphine tablets, 30.5 hydrocodone tablets and a bag of white round pills which were not identified.

The second-degree drug sale charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years jail time and a $500,000 fine and the fourth-degree drug sale charge is punishable by up to 15 years in jail and a $100,000 fine. Possession of firearm by a user of controlled substance charge has a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine and the paraphernalia charge carries a fine of $300.

Schwab is scheduled to make his first appearance in court Aug. 25.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett


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