Coon Rapids man in prison faces more charges

A Coon Rapids man, currently serving prison time for a felony drug conviction, faces two new felony drug charges in Anoka County District Court.

The Anoka County Attorney’s Office has filed two first-degree controlled substance crime charges against Cory Gene Brynteson, 41, as well as a misdemeanor obstructing the legal process count for an incident in Fridley in February.

His first court appearance has been scheduled for Dec. 11.

Brynteson was sent to prison for 60 months May 1 by Hennepin County District Court after pleading to a felony first-degree controlled substance crime charge.

He also has prior drug-related and other convictions, including a fifth-degree controlled substance  crime charge in 2010 in Anoka County District Court, for which he was put on probation for five years, court records show.

A Fridley Police officer was sent to Live Inn Suites on a report of apparent drug activity in a second-floor room of the hotel Feb. 11.

Following a canine sniff at the exterior of the room, Fridley officers and detectives with the Anoka Hennepin Drug Task Force executed a search warrant that evening.

According to the complaint, after officers announced their presence and the fact they had a search warrant, a male blocked the door.

But officers were able to enter and allegedly identified Brynteson as one of the people in the room.

During a search of the room, detectives found the toilet was plugged up and allegedly found a clear plastic baggie inside containing a white crystal substance that field tested positive for 43.6 grams of methamphetamine.

In a post-Miranda statement, one of the women in the room alleged she saw Brynteson trying to flush the methamphetamine down the toilet.

She also alleged that Brynteson was selling the drug to another person in the room.

In a search of Brynteson, detectives seized numerous clear plastic baggies of the type commonly used for packaging methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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