A Wahpeton man has been arrested for drug offenses.

Wahpeton Police arrested Alvin Matthew Boeck, 48, Thursday, Feb. 10 at 1:48 a.m. after an officer conducted a traffic stop on Fourth Avenue South.

During the stop, the officer saw a lone passenger in the vehicle, behaving suspiciously, and indications of drug use.

The Wahpeton Police Department’s K-9 officer Stryker was deployed for a walk-around of the vehicle and provided a positive indication for the presence of illegal drugs in the passenger side.

The officer removed Boeck from the vehicle and, after Boeck was informed Stryker indicated the presence of narcotics, admitted to being in possession of a controlled substance.

The release said a search of Boeck resulted in officers locating approximately 1/4 gram of crystal methamphetamine, a small amount of powdered meth and paraphernalia commonly used to store and consume meth.

Boeck has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of meth paraphernalia, both class B felonies. Each is punishable up to 10 years in prison, a fine up to $10,000, or both.

He has also been charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalis, a class A misdemeanor, punishable up to one year in jail, a fine up to $2,000 or both.

Boeck posted a $10,000 bond and has been released from Richland County Jail.

The vehicle’s driver, John Arthur Tate, 53, Wahpeton, has not been charged with a drug-related offense, but was arrested for driving under suspension. The offense is punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

Information for this article was drawn from a Wahpeton Police Department press release.

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