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Former Mantorville mayor arrested in alleged meth buy

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MANTORVILLE — The former mayor of Mantorville has been charged with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime after authorities say he bought methamphetamine in an arranged drug deal.

Luke Gordan Nash, 48, was arraigned Monday in Dodge County District Court. He was released in lieu of bond; his next court appearance has been set for March 27.

According to the criminal complaint, the week of March 5 a confidential informant told an investigator with the Kasson Police Department that Nash — a former deputy with the Dodge County Sheriff's Office — wanted him to buy an "eight ball" of meth for $200.

The informant agreed to meet with Nash on March 8, the report says, but Nash backed out a few days before, saying that his wife had "raided his cash."

During the week of March 12, the informant contacted Nash to see if he'd have the money; Nash allegedly agreed to buy 1.7 grams of meth for $125 on March 15.

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A controlled buy was set up at a Kasson grocery store. According to the complaint, the informant sold Nash the meth for the set price of $125.

Officers with the Kasson Police Department, the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force and the Minnesota State Patrol arrested Nash after the alleged buy.

A review of Nash's criminal history reflects a 2011 conviction for gross misdemeanor DWI.

If convicted, the drug charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison a $10,000 fine, or both.

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