Man Charged After Meth Found Near Patrol Car

AUBURN – A Jan. 22 arraignment is scheduled for a Hastings man accused of possession of methamphetamine in Auburn.

An arrest affidavit says a sheriff deputy stopped 28-year-old Steven Thomas Jr. on Jan. 2 for suspicion of speeding on Highway 75.

The deputy said he wanted to search Thomas’ vehicle so he placed him in cuffs and had him sit in the patrol car.

He said he found a bag containing methamphetamine outside of the patrol car when he allowed Thomas to return to his own vehicle.

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