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Man with arrest warrant receives additional charges; Firearm allegedly found in residence

Ezra Robert Hardy, 24, of Brownsdale was charged with felony violent felon in possession of a firearm, felony violent felon in possession of firearm ammunition, felony fifth-degree drug possession and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia on Wednesday in Mower County District Court.

Ezra Robert Hardy, 24

According to the court complaint, a Minnesota state trooper observed a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix that did not have working license plate lights at about 6:47 p.m. on Dec. 26 in rural Mower County. The trooper initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of County Road 2 and 595th Avenue in Red Rock Township. The trooper saw the passenger was Hardy, who had a warrant for his arrest. The trooper called in the Brownsdale Police Chief, who arrived on scene and arrested Hardy. The female driver was also arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired.

The trooper searched the vehicle and found the following:

  • Plastic bag containing approximately one gram of methamphetamine;
  • Two methamphetamine pipes;
  • Scale with methamphetamine residue;
  • Marijuana pipe; and
  • Marijuana grinder with marijuana residue.

Police executed a search warrant on Hardy’s residence on Dec. 31 and found a .38 caliber revolver loaded with six rounds of ammunition in an air vent cover.

A review of Hardy’s criminal record shows prior convictions for assault, drug sales, theft, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and possession of a weapon on school property.

Hardy will appear in court again on Jan. 16.