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Cloquet man arrested for meth

A 44-year-old Cloquet man was arrested Thursday after police found nearly two pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Adam David Coffin was charged Tuesday in Sixth District Carlton County Court with felony first-degree drugs, felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office reported that the man was stopped by a deputy shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, based on a previous tip that Coffin had allegedly returned from the Twin Cities area to his residence with a large amount of methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaint:

After getting the tip, a Carlton County deputy drove to the 1500 block of Selmser Avenue where Coffin resides, and waited. After roughly 20 minutes, Coffin left in his vehicle and drove through Cloquet. At one point he pulled over and went into a home, and the deputy was able to see that he was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Coffin was inside the home for about 20 minutes and then left and went to another address, on the 1500 block of Avenue C.

At that point, according to the criminal complaint, the deputy approached Coffin. As he spoke to him, the deputy “could discern indicia of methamphetamine use” from the defendant, who was visibly shaking and whose carotid artery was pulsating. The deputy asked Coffin if he had gone to the metro area to pick up drugs. Coffin denied it, but the deputy saw him peer into the vehicle toward a backpack.

The deputy then deployed a certified drug-detecting K-9 around the vehicle. The K-9, Roman, indicated several times that a controlled substance was present in the vehicle.

Coffin refused a search of his locked vehicle, so the deputy had the car secured and towed to the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center so it couldn’t be tampered with. The next morning, the deputy got a search warrant from Sixth District Judge Leslie Beiers to search the car.

During the execution of a search warrant on the vehicle, law enforcement found psychedelic mushrooms, 13.2 grams of marijuana and more than 900 grams of methamphetamine, nearly two pounds. The methamphetamine is believed to have a street value of more than $40,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

According to the criminal complaint, Coffin has three prior convictions for drugs in Minnesota, include a second-degree charge from 2005 in Wright County and two convictions for first-degree controlled substance crime the same year in Hennepin County.

A warrant had been issued for Coffin on Sept. 2, which was quashed Tuesday, Sept. 6. Bail was set at $6,000 cash during Tuesday’s hearing and paid so Coffin is no longer in custody. His next hearing is set for Wednesday, Sept. 14.

A 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and $3,272 in cash were seized for forfeiture, according to the sheriff’s office.

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