Norwich man charged with dealing meth, possessing stolen trailer

A 32-year-old Norwich man is accused of being in possession of a stolen trailer on Thursday and of dealing methamphetamine in August 2017.

Alan Chorlton made an initial appearance on the charges on Friday in district court in Minot.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, a man called the Ward County Sheriff’s Department Thursday morning and reported a suspicious vehicle at 14200 86th Avenue SE. Chorlton claimed that he was out looking for stolen property on abandoned farmsteads. Then Chorlton claimed they were looking for loose horses.

The trailer attached to Chorlton’s vehicle had been reported stolen from Wyoming. A black box was found in the trailer that included a drug pipe with residue. In the vehicle, they found a bag containing four hydrocodone bitartrate and acetominophen pills. There was also a silver case with a scale with suspected drug residue inside. Chorlton is charged with Class C felony theft of property, possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. He is charged with unlawful use of a license plate or tab, a Class B misdemeanor.

According to the probable cause affidavit in the meth delivery case, Chorlton sold 1/8 of an ounce of meth to a confidential informant working for the Ward County Narcotics Task Force on Aug. 16, 2017.