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Former Minnesota mayor accused of buying meth

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Police say the former mayor of Mantorville in southeast Minnesota is accused of buying methamphetamine, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports.

Luke Nash, 48, also a former Dodge County Sheriff's Office deputy and former city councilman in the 1,200-population town, was arraigned on a controlled substance charge and released in lieu of bond, the newspaper reports.

Police say that earlier this month a confidential informant tipped the Kasson Police Department that Nash wanted to buy the drug, the Post-Bulletin reports. The buy was arranged, and police say they arrested Nash after the informant sold him 1.7 grams of meth for $125 on March 15.

A Community News report last fall said Nash, who grew up in Red Wing, and his wife are longtime Mantorville residents with two teenagers. "My life is public service – in the military, as a cop, in church, in elected roles and in law enforcement," he said in the profile. "I've always been in public service, mostly public safety. I hope that is a good example for my kids."

Nash lost his mayoral re-election bid in November to Chuck Bradford.

Nash has been arrested before. He spoke to KAAL TV in 2011 about a DWI arrest:

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