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Fargo man found idling on I-94 had meth, brass knuckles, troopers say

Jeff Leon Nygaard dob 8-29-69

MOORHEAD—On Monday, May 16, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper came upon a car stopped in a driving lane of Interstate 94 in Clay County.

The driver sitting behind the wheel of the idling car appeared to have passed out.

As the trooper spoke to the driver and attempted to rouse him, the trooper noticed there were multiple phones in the car that began ringing as he spoke to the driver, who showed signs of having used methamphetamine..

Documents filed in Clay County District Court state that a search of the car yielded about 9 ounces of a substance suspected of being methamphetamine.

The driver, Jeff L. Nygaard, 46, of Fargo, was arrested and charged with a number of counts, including second-degree possession with intent to sell three grams or more of methamphetamine and second-degree possession of six grams or more of methamphetamine.

Troopers say items typically associated with selling and using drugs, such as baggies, scales and hypodermic needles, were found in the car along with a set of brass knuckles.

In addition to the drug charges, Nygaard faces charges of possessing a dangerous weapon and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Conditions of release for Nygaard were set at $30,000 bond without conditions, or $50,000 bond with conditions.

Dave Olson
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