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Red Wing man sentenced on meth charge

A Red Wing man charged with two drug-related felonies in April was convicted of third-degree drug possession last week.

David Samuel Hanson, 44, was sentenced in Goodhue County District Court to the Minnesota Department of Corrections field services for five years and ordered to spend 180 days in jail. He received credit for 48 days served.

Police stopped a vehicle on West Fourth Street for a cracked windshield and noticed nervous behavior from the driver — who was not charged — and Hanson, who was in the passenger seat.

Officers said they recognized Hanson and the driver from previous contact and became suspicious of the driver’s explanation of why she drove from her home in Lake City to give Hanson a ride shortly after midnight.

When a canine officer responded to the scene, Hanson initially refused to exit the vehicle, then after stepping outside the car, refused to remove his hands from his pockets.

Officers found a zippered bag inside Hanson’s pocket, which contained a bag of methamphetamine and a scale. The meth weighed 4.7 grams, according to court documents.

Hanson’s other charges of felony second-degree drug sale, misdemeanor obstructing the legal process and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

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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