Christopher Michael Kaupang, 36, of Granite Falls, was charged with first-degree and second-degree drug sale and first-degree and second-degree drug possession. He made his first court appearance on Wednesday, May 30, at the Chippewa County District Court. He is also standing trial for a misdemeanor charge of driving after suspension in addition to a petty misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.
He is being held in the Chippewa County Jail on bail of $75,000 and $30,000, both without conditions. He has been granted a public defender.
During the ensuing vehicle inspection, officers uncovered a glass bong, a broken methamphetamine pipe, paraphernalia spoons, and butane torches. A scale with covered in a white powdery substance totaling roughly two ounces of methamphetamine was also discovered.
Kaupang was discovered to have more than $650 in cash in his pockets. Kaupang told the officers that the items belonged to his passengers. He was the only person charged with felonies.
This is not the first time that Kaupang has run into legal problems. In 2013, he was convicted by Lac qui Parle County on a second-degree drug sale charge. That same year, he received a fifth-degree drug possession charge in Stearns County. He received a prior fifth-degree drug conviction in 2009 in Chippewa County.