Crime

Duo facing felony meth charges from traffic stop

Greg Marsten | Staff writer
Edward Albrecht, left, and Tyler Buck.
Nineteen grams of meth and a variety of dealer tools
 
BALSAM LAKE – Two local men are facing drug charges after being stopped for swerving on a roadway east of Luck on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 17, but it was what police found later that led to felony charges against both men in the car.
According to the probable cause report filed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy noticed a car crossing over the centerline and the fog line several times, leading the officer to activate emergency lights, but it reportedly took the driver over half a mile to finally stop.
When confronted, the driver was identified as Tyler Buck, 36, Luck, who said he was on his phone and texting, which is why he was all over the road.
A passenger in Buck’s car appeared very nervous and refused to make eye contact with the deputy.
Buck also came a back as having a revoked license, with an active probation warrant. He also had a lengthy criminal history and was carrying a large amount of cash in his pocket. He told police it was approximately $900 but said that he was just recently carrying $5,000. It was unclear exactly how much cash he had at the time.
Buck was taken into custody on the warrant and for driving without a license, and the deputy brought in a K-9 officer to sweep the vehicle for possible narcotics.
The passenger was identified as Edward Albrecht, 35, Roseville, Minnesota, who admitted he was on parole for firearms-related offenses in Minnesota.
After a search of the vehicle, police discovered a variety of drug-related items, from paraphernalia and a variety of packaging materials to a scale and other items, including two computers and multiple cellphones, as well as 19 grams of methamphetamine, which Albrecht admitted to smoking earlier in the day with Buck.
Both men were placed under arrest. Buck was later charged with felony intent to distribute meth - as party to a crime and as a subsequent offense, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. He also was charged with three driving offenses, for texting while driving, operating left of center and driving without a valid license.
Buck appeared before a judge on Monday, Feb. 18, where the judge set a $5,000 bond and initial appearance for Monday, Feb. 25, before Judge Jeffery Anderson.
Albrecht was charged with similar felony intent to distribute meth, as party to a crime and as a subsequent offense. He was also faced with a misdemeanor paraphernalia charge.
Albrecht appeared before Judge Anderson on Monday, Feb 18, where he set a $5,000 cash bond, with a preliminary hearing slated for this Friday, Feb. 22, where the judge will decide if there is enough evidence to bind him over for trial.
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