A former Lake Crystal City Council member and former partner in a Mankato legal practice is facing two felony drug sale and possession charges.
The criminal complaint shows that the Minnesota River Task Force served a search warrant a 45-year-old Ryan Magnus’ home on Thompson Ravine Road in Mankato earlier this week, and in various spots throughout the house found several baggies containing methamphetamine, marijuana, and psychedelic mushrooms. Investigators say drugs, smoking pipes, and small baggies were found in bedrooms, bathrooms, a utility room, and even in the rafters.
A female roommate who lives with Magnus, Sarah Ogden, claimed the drugs and paraphernalia found in her bedroom belonged to her boyfriend, and that the other drugs in the home belonged Magnus’ boyfriend, Robert Rothmeier.
In an interview, Magnus admitted to knowing there were drugs in the home but told police he didn’t know how much, that he uses meth but does not purchase or sell it, and disputed that his boyfriend sells meth from the home.
Magnus is the only one of the three employed, and investigators say more than $1,000 worth of meth was found in the house.
Magnus is facing preliminary charges of possession with intent to sell and felony possession. The paperwork is pending, but task force officials expect Rothmeier to be charged with the same. Ogden is expected to be charged with drug possession.
In 2016 Ogden was convicted of felony drug possession in Nicollet County and records show four previous drug convictions in Martin County.
Rothmeier’s previos convictions include drugs, running from police, drunk driving, running from police, assault, and domestic assault in several southern Minnesota counties.
Magnus’ record lists only traffic citations.
Magnus is also listed as a faculty member at Minnesota State University – Mankato teaching Business Law and International Business Law.