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Search warrant uncovers meth

Red Wing police executed a search warrant at midnight Aug. 10 on West Fourth Street and turned up 9.7 grams of methamphetamine, numerous syringes and other drug paraphernalia, along with four cellphones and two gas-powered pistols, according to a complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court Monday.

Police received a complaint of possible drug activity at 815 W. Fourth St. Aug. 9, which led police to 165 Hanson Ave. where a Dish Network van was parked in the driveway.

According to the complaint, police informed Karl Bakke, who was not home at the time, that his van was seen downtown where a possible drug transaction was completed and they were at his residence speaking with Amber Czerwinski.

Czerwinski initially told police she didn’t know who took the van, then said she let her friend borrow it before changing her story again and telling police she took the van to buy meth from Paul Richard Beaulieu, 42, 815 W. Fourth St. Apt. 3, the complaint states.

Police took a recorded statement from Czerwinski in which she told police Beaulieu regularly sells meth in the alley behind 815 W. Fourth St., she has known Beaulieu for about five years and he’s the only one who sells her meth, and in the most recent transaction she bought close to half a gram, authorities said.

Czerwinski also told police that Beaulieu and someone he lives with “have been slinging dope down there for years,” according to the complaint.

A bag of meth weighing .3 grams was found in the Dish Network van, the complaint states.

Police found four baggies containing a total of 9.7 grams of meth, syringes, a glass smoking bubble, as well as the two gas-powered pistols at Beaulieu’s residence, according to the complaint.

Beaulieu is charged with having 10 grams of meth after police added the .3 grams sold to Czerwinski to the 9.7 grams found at his home.

Beaulieu was convicted of two felony counts of fifth-degree drug possession in Goodhue County District Court in October 2013 for offenses in 2012 and 2013, according to court documents.

Beaulieu was charged with felony first-degree sale of meth, 10 grams or more in a 90-day period, felony second-degree sale of meth, three grams or more in a 90-day period and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor.

The first-degree sale charge is punishable by not less than four years nor more than 40 years jail time and a $1 million fine, with the second-degree felony sale charge carries a maximum sentence of not less than three years nor more than 40 years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine.

The petty misdemeanor paraphernalia charge has a maximum fine of $300.

Beaulieu is scheduled to make his first appearance in court Aug. 28.

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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