Jayson John Rogahn was found guilty by a jury of first-degree drug possession Wednesday in Otter Tail County Court.

The 46-year-old Moorhead man was charged April 10, 2018, with two separate charges of first-degree drug sales and possession.

The first-degree drug possession charge carries a maximum sentence of not more than 30 years and a fine of not more than $1 million.

According to court records, Rogahn was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by a Minnesota state trooper in the early morning hours of April 10 in Otter Tail County.

The trooper had been contacted by a special agent of the West Central Task Force requesting K-9 assistance in an ongoing investigation involving controlled substances.The vehicle was reported to be on I-94 traveling from Fergus Falls.

After the suspect’s vehicle was stopped for a speeding violation, Rogahn and the driver were ordered out of the vehicle. The trooper had the K-9, conduct a sweep and the dog focused his head on the glovebox, indicating where he had located the strongest source of odor. He also indicated on a silver safe located in the rear passenger seat. 

The trooper found 226 grams, of suspected methamphetamine from a Marlboro cigarette sleeve. An additional 42.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine was recovered from the safe in addition to drug paraphernalia, U.S. currency and additional plastic bags.

Judge Barbara Hanson is scheduled to pronounce the sentence March 16.


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