Andover man facing five felony charges

An Andover man found passed out in his vehicle in Coon Rapids faces five charges in Anoka County District Court, three of them felonies.

Sergey Sergeyevich Murza, 21, 13657 Hidden Creek Drive, Andover, was arraigned in court on felony first- , second- and fifth-degree controlled substance crime charges as well as gross misdemeanor introducing contraband into the county jail and misdemeanor giving false information to a police officer.

Bail was set at $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions. He is due back in court March 28.

The morning of Feb. 24, Coon Rapids Police responded to the 9700 block of Butternut Street where a man was reported passed out in a vehicle.

The sole occupant was identified as Murza, but he gave police his brother’s name and date of birth before he was identified by his fingerprints at the jail, according to the complaint.

The complaint alleges that because Murza was acting evasively, the officer conducted a pat search and found two small bags of pills totaling 19 which were later identified as vyvanse, a schedule II narcotic.

Murza was arrested and on his arrival at jail, detention deputies allegedly found on Murza’s person small baggies which contained a white powdery substance that field tested positive for 1.6 grams of methamphetamine.

Based on that, detention deputies did a strip search on Murza and when he was asked to take off his underwear, a plastic baggie containing white chunky powder allegedly fell out; it field tested for 11.5 grams of methamphetamine.

In a search of Murza’s vehicle, Coon Rapids Police allegedly discovered a small folder containing a notebook in which there were numerous names, dollar amounts and weights listed.

Inside the small folder, police also came across a large number of Ziploc bags commonly associated with packaging narcotics, according to the complaint.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]


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