Paul David Meyer, 46, made his initial appearance before Richland County District Court Tuesday, Dec. 4.
The Lidgerwood, North Dakota, man is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance. It is a class C felony.
Through an investigation conducted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Southeast Multi-County Agency (SEMCA) drug task force, Meyer is accused of possessing methamphetamine in Lidgerwood. Methamphetamine is a Schedule II controlled substance.
On Dec. 2, a Richland Country deputy was following up on a theft investigation. Meyer was allegedly present at his home with Cory Yammerino.
According to court documents, a search warrant was obtained. During the search, Meyer was found to be in possession of controlled substances and paraphernalia.
The items found, documents continue, were a pipe used to ingest methamphetamine, a baggie of a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, a marijuana pipe and jars all containing a leafy green substance believed to be marijuana.
Richland County Assistant State’s Attorney Casey Moen represents the state of North Dakota. The State’s Attorney’s office has not yet been notified of any attorney for Meyer. Judge Bradley Cruff presides.
During his initial appearance, Meyer was ordered by Cruff to undergo random drug testing as a condition of his bond. Bail was set at a $1,000 unsecured appearance bond. This means Meyer did not have to post any money to be released from jail.
Meyer has a prior conviction in North Dakota for possession of a non-marijuana controlled substance. Because of this, his current charge has been raised from misdemeanor-level to felony-level.
The maximum penalty for a class C felony is five years imprisonment, a $20,000 fine, or both.
Meyer entered a not guilty plea for the three misdemeanor charges. Possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia is a class B misdemeanor. Possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia is a class A misdemeanor.
The maximum penalty for a class B misdemeanor is 30 days imprisonment, a $1,500 fine, or both. The maximum penalty for a class A misdemeanor is 360 days imprisonment, a $3,000 fine, or both.
While a preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled, Meyer is expected in court on Monday, Dec. 17. There will be a status conference to see if he has an attorney, Moen explained.
Meyer is not confined in the Richland County Jail as of Thursday, Dec. 13.