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Deputy’s traffic stop leads to meth raid in Rollingstone

WINONA, Minn. (FOX 47) — A Rollingstone man is behind bars facing meth possession charges after a traffic stop led to a raid on his home.

Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude said Jack Taylor, 33, was pulled over in a traffic stop by a deputy Friday in Minnesota City.

“It happened just before 12 midnight when the deputy spotted his car, and had information Taylor was driving without a license,” said Sheriff Ganrude.  “The deputy pulled Taylor over for the violation, and there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.”

The sheriff said that led to a search of the vehicle, and the deputy found a bag of marijuana under the passenger seat that weighed 476.5 grams.  Taylor and a passenger, Sara Hanson, 31, of Winona, were both held on suspicion of drug possession.  A search of Hanson’s purse revealed a baggie that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Using a search warrant the next day at Taylor’s home on South Main Street in Rollingstone, investigators said they found a plastic-wrapped bag of nearly a pound of meth hidden in a bag of sidewalk salt.  Ganrude said it weighed 453 grams.

Both Taylor and Hanson are facing drug possession charges; Taylor also faces charges of driving without insurance and driving after license revocation.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He’s a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine.

After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester.

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