One man arrested for allegedly gambling, possessing drugs and selling alcohol after hours at the New Winnipeg Bar was arraigned Friday in Crow Wing County District Court.
A second man was charged for possessing drugs.
Robert Turcotte, 43, Brainerd, was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, illegal operation of a gambling place, unlawful possession of a gambling device and unlawful sale of intoxicating liquor. His next court appearance was scheduled for Feb. 8.
Steven Ehmke, 42, Brainerd, was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. His next court appearance was scheduled for Feb. 26. He was identified by police as a bartender at the Winnipeg bar.
The criminal complaint said Brainerd police officer Mike Bestul, based on an anonymous tip, parked near the New Winnipeg Lounge about 4 a.m. Jan. 24 and observed several people walking in to and out of the lounge during the next 90 minutes.
At about 5:30 a.m., Bestul went into the lounge. During his search, he found methamphetamine, customers drinking beer and a football betting board, the complaint stated.
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