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Hastings men charged in local meth bust

Two Hastings men were arrested in Red Wing after police found over 14 grams of methamphetamine between them, according to a criminal complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court.

Maxwell Sean Miller, 20, and Jeremy Paul Fredline, 30, were confronted by Red Wing police shortly after midnight Tuesday outside of a house suspected to be used in the use, possession and sale of illegal drugs, authorities said.

Police said the two males entered the house at 133 S. Burnside Ave. a few minutes before midnight Aug. 18 and at 12:10 a.m. they both returned to the vehicle carrying backpacks.

Both males were taken from the vehicle, which was registered to a Farmington, Minnesota, female with a revoked license, and handcuffed. Upon a search of Fredline, police found a marijuana pipe, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, a backpack under Fredline’s legs contained a wooden marijuana dugout, a silver digital scale, a larger glass marijuana pipe, a glass meth “bubble,” a cellphone box which contained three bags with a total of 2.2 grams of meth, and one pill bottle containing 13 generic Xanax pills not prescribed to Fredline.

A bag found in Miller’s possession contained one bag of methamphetamine weighing 12.1 grams, a glass marijuana pipe, four 50mg Seroquel pills, three 300mg Quetiapine Fumarate pills, and a black digital scale, authorities said. Seroquel and Quetiapine Fumarate are prescription items but not controlled substances.

Police said they also found $185 cash in Miller’s wallet.

According to the complaint, Fredline told police he was there to see a friend and he just had meth for personal use because he was “off the wagon.” Miller allegedly told authorities he carried the backpack because Fredline told him to take it and he was only there because he was driving Fredline around.

Miller and Fredline are both charged with felony first-degree sale of 10 grams or more of methamphetamine, felony second-degree possession of six grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fredline’s first-degree sale and second-degree possession charges allege that he “intentionally aided, advised, hired, counseled, or conspired” with Maxwell.

First-degree drug sale is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million dollar fine, second-degree drug possession carries a maximum sentence of 25 years jail time and a $500,000 fine and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor, which has a maximum fine of $300.

Miller was also charged with misdemeanor possession of legend drugs which has a maximum sentence of 90 days imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. Miller’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 24.

Fredline was also charged with felony fourth-degree drug sale and two counts of felony fifth-degree drug possession. Fourth-degree drug sale is punishable by 15 years jail time and a $100,000 fine and fifth-degree drug possession carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Fredline’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 3.

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. 

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