A 35-year-old man from New Ulm is facing six drug and weapons charges, after an investigation by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force.

Agents said an inmate of the Blue Earth County Jail told them that she was with Aaron Sander last week, and he had both meth and synthetic marijuana as well as a handgun. The witness also said Sander told her that if her were pulled over by police he would shoot the officer.

The task force learned that Sander was at a home in Mankato and set up surveillance on Monday, and when he walked out of the house on Volk Avenue with a backpack agents followed and stopped his rental car shortly after he tossed something out of the window.

A search of the backpack after a drug dog alerted on the car turned up a Tupperware container filled with meth, as well as a Glock .40 handgun wrapped in a Crown Royal bag with rubber bands around it. Agents said the serial number on the frame of the gun was removed and the number on the barrel had also been partially removed. There were also two Glock magazines with 15 rounds of ammunition in each in the bag.

Sander was convicted of felony drug possession in 2013 and banned from gun ownership based on that conviction.