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Lunch box search leads to drug charge

A 28-year-old Verndale man was charged in Wadena County District Court with a drug crime for a substance allegedly found in his lunch box.

On April 8, Andrew William Goeden's employer considered him a suspect in the disappearance of some tools from a construction project, and some of his fellow employees searched his lunch box, which was inside a company van.

In the lunch box, the employees found a pipe and a substance they believed to be methamphetamine. They contacted the Wadena County Sheriff's Office.

Goeden, who is on probation for felony theft in Otter Tail County and a felony controlled substance crime in Todd County, spoke with authorities. The deputy told Goeden his probation agent was requesting a drug test from him. According to court documents, Goeden said he needed to get his lunch box, but emerged from the company van with someone else's box. Later, he admitted another box was his, and deputies allegedly found methamphetamine inside.

According to court records, Goeden was taken to the Wadena County Jail and given a test for methamphetamine, which was positive.

Goeden was charged April 12 with a fifth-degree controlled substance crime.