After he allegedly ordered drugs through the mail and led Winona County Sheriff’s deputies on a brief bicycle chase, Brandon David Taber, 38, of Winona, was arrested for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance, and fleeing a peace officer on foot at around 3 p.m. on Friday, May 31. Just two days earlier, Taber had been arrested for fleeing Winona Police officers on a motor scooter and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Tipped off by postal inspectors, local investigators found close to 200 grams of white and off-white crystalline substances which tested positive for Alpha-PVP (also known as “plant food”) in a parcel which had been shipped to Taber, according to the report. With a warrant for the parcel in hand, a Sheriff’s department investigator spotted Taber near Center and Eighth streets shortly after he picked up the package from the Post Office. The investigator tried to stop Taber, who allegedly fled a couple of blocks on bicycle before hopping off and continuing to flee on foot. The investigator, at his heels, told Taber to stop and said he would use a Taser on him if did not. Taber allegedly said, “Go away. Go away,” at which point the investigator used his Taser and arrested Taber.
The Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at Taber’s residence where they discovered 13 grams of a crystalline substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine along with various paraphernalia, including scales, according to the report.
The Winona Police Department and Southeast Minnesota Narcotics Task Force were also involved in the case.