Owen M. Nordvold
Owen M. Nordvold

   A Ripon man has been charged for the second time in the past year for allegedly maintaining a drug trafficking place in Ripon.

   Owen M. Nordvold, 21, 503 1/2 Eureka St., was charged Monday with one count of maintaining a drug trafficking place-repeater (class I felony), possession of narcotic drugs-repeater (class I felony), possession of THC-second and subsequent offense (class I felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia-repeater (misdemeanor).

   If convicted of all four charges, Nordvold could face a maximum penalty of 26 years, seven months in prison, a $30,500 fine and have his driver’s license suspended for up to 20 years.

   This is the second such case filed against Nordvold recently. On Dec. 17, 2018, he’d been charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession with intent to deliver/distribute THC (with a modifier of “possession with intent to deliver/distribute controlled substance on or near a youth center”) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

   The first and third charges later were dismissed but read into the record, while the charge of possession with intent to deliver THC was found guilty due to a no-contest plea in late March.

   Since then, a new investigation opened into Nordvold’s alleged activities.

   According to the new criminal complaint filed against him, the Ripon Police Department began investigating him again “after anonymous tips led [the department] to believe that Owen Nordvold was involved in the sale of drugs.”

Read the full story in the Oct. 24, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.