Two times the crimes for Le Center man 14 Sep 11

A 28-year-old Le Center man is facing double the charges for committing the same crime twice in three weeks.

The Le Center Police Department and Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Department received a tip in mid-August that John Joseph Tawney, III, was selling methamphetamine at his Le Center residence and was regularly driving with a revoked license.

An August 22, an officer cited Tawney for driving after revocation and no proof of insurance. When his vehicle was impounded, police found 1.5 grams of methamphetamine under the front seat. Tawney told authorities there was a “50-50 chance” the meth was his.

Two weeks later, a Le Center Police officer noticed Tawney driving and again cited him for revocation – upon searching his car, the officer discovered another bag of methamphetamine.

Tawney faces two charges of a controlled substance crime in the fifth degree, two counts of driving after revocation, no proof of insurance and possession of drug paraphernalia.