A former federal agent for the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently received one year of probation after being found with a loaded firearm while drunk at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel last year.
On March 21, Warren Andrew Buhl, 50, of Lakeville agreed to plead guilty in Scott County District Court to one count of carrying a pistol while under the influence of alcohol; a charge of trespassing with a firearm was dismissed.
The terms of the deal include one year of probation, one year of alcohol abstinence and intermittent testing at Buhl’s probation officer’s discretion.
According to a Prior Lake police report, officers responded to a weapons complaint at the casino about 9 p.m. on April 5, 2018. The complaint came from casino employees who reported a man claiming to be a federal undercover agent was armed and intoxicated in the casino bar.
When the officers arrived, they found Buhl clearly intoxicated and noted he appeared to have a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver on his hip and a folding knife in his pocket.
Police found Buhl’s firearm was loaded and removed and confiscated the weapon’s ammunition. A preliminary breath test registered Buhl’s blood alcohol concentration at about 0.35. Under Minnesota law, it is illegal to carry a firearm with any concentration over 0.04.
Reports by the three responding officers noted during discussion with Buhl he identified himself as a Fish and Wildlife agent and said that he had a “couple of drinks” after work. Officers stated Buhl appeared unsteady on his feet and that his eyes were glassy.
A woman eventually arrived at the casino to drive Buhl back to their residence. The woman told officers it was not Buhl’s first issue with alcohol.
Chuck Traxler, Midwest assistant regional director of the service’s Office of External Affairs, said Buhl had been assistant special agent in charge for the service’s Midwest region. Traxler said he believed Buhl had been retired for over a year.