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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 4:15 pm | Updated: 12:22 pm, Wed Mar 13, 2013.

A man classified by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force as a mid- to high-level methamphetamine dealer was arrested Thursday after a tipster told agents that he was using his Ford Explorer to transport drugs.

On the force’s watch list for several months, 29-year-old Nielsen Francis Ove was carrying a handgun at the time of his arrest and according to court reports was in possession of several baggies containing a white crystalline substance. He is being charged with eight felonies in Nicollet County Court.

According to the complaint:

The task force received a tip that Ove was living in St. Peter with his 24-year-old girlfriend, Melissa Tatge, and their child and was driving a green Ford Explorer. Task force agents were told that Ove was carrying a pistol and stored methamphetamine in the vehicle.

On Thursday, Ove was seen leaving Summit Park in his vehicle and was pulled over by police as he turned off of Washington Avenue onto Medary Street. Police removed a gun, reported stolen, from Ove’s inside jacket pocket and searched the vehicle. In the compartment that would normally hold the passenger’s side airbag, police found several baggies containing a white crystalline residue, multiple hypodermic needles and several loose bullets.

After arresting Ove, police returned to Summit Park to make contact with Tatge. Upon hearing their were three children in the trailer, police entered and made contact with 32-year-old Aaron Earl Maxfield.

Maxfield was in possession of a glass methamphetamine style pipe which field tested positive for the presence of the drug. He was arrested and transported to the Nicollet County Jail.

At 7:40 p.m. police conducted a search of both Tatge’s trailer and vehicle. They also conducted a full search of the vehicle Ove was driving when he was arrested.

In addition to finding several baggies containing what looked like methamphetamine, agents found several glass smoking pipes, a razor blade, a shoulder holster for a handgun, other drug paraphernalia and several items that were suspected to be stolen.

Ove is a convicted felon and in January was charged with making terroristic threats after he was accused of kidnapping and assaulting his former girlfriend. The kidnapping and assault charges were dismissed, but Ove is due to be sentenced for threatening the woman’s mother on April 8.

Ove is currently being charged with eight felonies, two for being a felon in possession of a firearm, five for methamphetamine related crimes and one for being in possession of a stolen firearm. He is also being charged with carrying a weapon without a permit and driving with expired plates.

The maximum sentence for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm in 15 years and $30,000. The maximum charge for second degree possession of a controlled substance in 25 years in prison and $500,000. He is also charged with third- and fourth- degree possession and crimes involving children.

Tatge is being charged with three felonies, one for fifth degree possession of methamphetamine and two for meth related crimes involving children. The maximum sentence for all three is five years in prison and $10,000.

Maxfield is being charged with one felony for fifth degree possession of meth, the penalty for which is five years in prison and $10,000.

Ove and Maxfield are currently in custody, but Tatge has been released on bail.

Reach reporter Jessica Bies at 507-931-8568 or follow her on @sphjessicabies

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