by NATHANIEL NELSON
Two individuals were arrested on drug charges on Friday night after being stopped by police, according to the Winona Police Department.
Hank Thomas Pernu, 34, of Plainview, Minn., and Courtney Lynn Davis, 22, of Cochrane, were arrested and charged with second- and third-degree possession of methamphetamine, respectively.
According to the criminal complaint, at 11:51 p.m. on Friday, April 12, an officer reportedly observed a car being driven erratically, as if the driver was attempting to avoid the officer. After the driver reportedly turned in to a dead end road, the officer stopped the vehicle and went to talk with the driver.
Davis was in the front passenger seat, while Pernu was seated in the rear of the vehicle with another passenger.
The officer reportedly observed multiple baggies and containers scattered throughout the vehicle, and the two passengers in the back looked asleep. Davis reportedly told the officer that they were going to a friend’s house, though she provided two different names to different officers.
The officer then reportedly observed a fresh needle mark on Pernu’s bicep which he quickly covered up, and the officer then asked the passengers to step out of the vehicle.
A K-9 search of the vehicle reportedly resulted in the discovery of multiple containers of drugs, including a bag containing 23 small blue pills of clonazepam, several containers holding a total of 52.70 grams of methamphetamine, along with a digital scale with a white powdery substance on it.