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Three charged in Cottage Grove meth bust

Three people face felony drug charges after authorities say a probation check turned into a methamphetamine bust at a Cottage Grove home last month.

Probation officers checking on a woman living at a home in the 8500 block of Hillside Trail sought help June 26 from the Washington County Narcotics Task Force after suspecting the woman, identified as 36-year-old Christianna A. Stoven, was using drugs in violation of her probation.

The criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court says the drug task force joined the probation officers at the home the following day. One man climbed from a basement window and tried to run away. He was caught and identified as Jamie P. Williams, 34, who didn't have a permanent address. His 27-year-old girlfriend also tried to flee out the basement window but was stopped by authorities.

Stoven and her boyfriend, Cevastion D. Vogel, 38, were found in the home. An investigator found what tested positive for methamphetamine, so authorities got a search warrant for the home.

Drug task force members found meth and drug paraphernalia throughout the home, the complaint says. An estimated 6.6 grams of meth was found in a bedroom shared by Stoven and Vogel, along with meth bongs, pipes and about $1,000 cash tucked in the mattress. Another 1.6 grams of meth allegedly was found in Stoven's wallet.

An additional 3.4 grams of meth was found by the headboard in a lower-level room shared by Williams and his girlfriend, along with a digital scale and other evidence of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Identical text messages found on phones belonging to Steve, Vogel and Williams included drug references, the complaint says.

In an interview, Stoven admitted to using meth and possessing the meth found in her wallet, but then she became upset and started crying before swearing at officers.

Vogel admitted that he knew meth was in the house. Williams denied knowing about the meth found in the headboard in the room he was using but did admit to using drugs.

Stoven and Vogel were charged with second-degree methamphetamine possession, which has a penalty of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for the first offense and 40 years in prison and $500,000 if there already was a drug conviction. Stoven was convicted of fifth-degree drug possession in Dakota County in 2011.

Williams was charged with third-degree methamphetamine possession. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

They were booked into the Washington County jail.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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