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Perham, Minn. man allegedly found with meth, ninja stars

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A hearing was held Friday for a Perham man who was allegedly found with ninja stars, nunchucks, antique swords and methamphetamine paraphernalia last fall.

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Rick Ray Stauffacher, 50, was pulled over by an Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputy in a Perham gas station on Oct. 29, 2010 at around 6:50 p.m., according to the criminal complaint. The deputy initially saw Stauffacher driving through downtown Perham in a red Pontiac Sunbird, a car the deputy recognized as not belonging to the man.

When Stauffacher was pulled over, he allegedly admitted that he did not have a driver's license. Records state that his license was cancelled because he was "inimical to public safety."

The deputy patted Stauffacher down and found two knives on him. A trunk search revealed more knives, antique swords, nunchucks and throwing stars.

A glass pipe with residue was also found on Stauffacher. Lab results from the pipe, sent in after the arrest, revealed positive traces of methamphetamine.

After the test, Stauffacher admitted that the pipe was used for meth and said he "only dabbles in meth occasionally."

Stauffacher faces one felony count of drug possession and one gross misdemeanor charge of driving after cancellation. He was originally charged on Nov. 2, 2010.

Court records state he did not appear at his initial hearing on Jan. 10. A warrant was set out, but was quashed two days later.

Two jury trials in this case have been cancelled, including one scheduled for April 26 and one for June 28.

A plea hearing is scheduled for Oct. 31.

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