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Proudfoot indicted by federal grand jury on four counts

MORRIS – Joshua Michael Proudfoot, 35 of Appleton, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts including possession with intent to distribute actual methamphetamine, felon in possession of ammunition, felon in possession of firearms and felon in possession of body armor.

Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan said Stevens County will be dismissing similar drug and firearm related charges, but will continue to pursue charges for fleeing peace officers in a motor vehicle, obstructing legal process, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

Proudfoot is currently being held at the Sherburne County Jail pending his next hearing.

Proudfoot was arrested in Morris on Wednesday, May 7 following a car chase on Highway 28. At the time law enforcement officers found a .38 special bullet near the driver’s seat and center console of the vehicle he fled in. Officers also had information from an individual that Proudfoot had begun wearing a bullet resistant vest and carrying three handguns.

According to an earlier complaint, a search of Proudfoot’s residence in rural Swift County on May 9 uncovered several empty boxes of handgun ammunition and other evidence. On Tuesday, May 13, law enforcement reviewed jail telephone calls between Proudfoot and his father. Information in the phone calls led officers to search his father’s residence and detached garage where they uncovered bags that contained a dark colored revolver and several different types of ammunition, the complaint states.

Officers also executed a search warrant at another residence where they found another vehicle that contained a bullet-resistant vest, a fully-loaded handgun and drug related items.

Proudfoot has previously been convicted fleeing police in a motor vehicle, burglary, possession of controlled substances, assault and burglary conspiracy.  

Agencies involved with the investigation include the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, the Morris Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the West Central Drug Task Force.