Man ditching drugs throws bag of meth at West St. Paul cop

Thomas Gilson

Complaint: Suspect didn't notice officer behind him

A St. Paul man trying to ditch his drugs apparently didn't keep track of the West St. Paul officers who had pulled him and three other adults over. He tossed a bag of meth, hitting the officer behind him, according to court documents filed in Dakota County District Court July 11.

Thomas Charles Gilson Jr., 33, is now facing a felony charge for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, according to the criminal complaint.

While West St. Paul officers were on routine patrol near the intersection of Butler Avenue West and Charlton Street in West St. Paul on July 8, they responded to a report of a dispute over money in a vehicle.

The officers found and stopped a sedan with four adults inside, the complaint said. The adults were separated, so the officers could speak to them.

Standing in front of a squad car, Gilson pulled something out of his pocket and threw it backwards, the complaint said.

The plastic baggie filled with white crystals, believed to be methamphetamine, hit an officer; Gilson was arrested.

The crystals were tested, identified and weighed as .26 grams of meth.

If convicted, Gilson could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

In October 2010, Gilson was accused of burglarizing a neighbor's apartment and raping her while she was asleep. A Ramsey County jury acquitted him of those charges in 2011. Gilson initially tried to hide from police, according to that criminal complaint, but was found in a dumpster near where the incident was reported.

In January, Gilson was convicted of a gross misdemeanor for third-degree driving while intoxicated, according to court records.

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