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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.

Email Noel at nsederstrom@kttc.com

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