K-9 officer Zeus aids Wells police

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Faribault County’s K-9 officer has struck again, this time the 2-year-old German Shepherd took its sniffing skills to Wells.

During a traffic stop on March 6, Zeus was called in and indicated there was a presence of narcotic odor in the vehicle.

Authorities obtained a warrant to search the vehicle and found drugs, two guns and electronic devices, which contained evidence of child pornography.

According to a Wells police department press release, 59-year-old Donald Beckmann Jr. was arrested on March 13.

Beckmann appeared in Faribault County District Court on Wednesday and was charged with seven felonies. His bail was set at $100,000 along with conditions for his release.

He faces three counts of fifth-degree possession of marijuana; two counts of possession of child pornography; and two counts of a felon ineligible to possess a firearm.

If released from jail, Beckmann must keep his attorney and court informed of any address change; may not leave the state without written court approval; cannot consume alcohol or use drugs; and may not possess a firearm.

His next court appearance is scheduled for March 27.

In addition to the Faribault County Sheriff’s Department, Wells police were assisted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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