Conviction in Brownsdale drug bust

Published 7:57 am Friday, September 3, 2010

A Waseca man was convicted Thursday in Mower County court for a felony drug charge stemming from a January Brownsdale drug bust.

Robert William Wheeler, 23, was sentenced to one year in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for a fifth degree felony possession charge.

Wheeler was among eight people who were charged following the Jan. 13 raid, which occurred at 507 East Main St. in Brownsdale.

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Deputies with the Mower County Sheriff’s Office, as well as officers with the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force, entered the residence at around 6:05 a.m.

Inside the home, authorities found roughly 10.5 grams of methamphetamine in small plastic bags on the porch, and “a large quantity” of the drug was found in an office space, according to a criminal complaint.

Authorities also found a lock box in the living room that contained drug paraphernalia, $880 in cash and a “crib sheet” that appeared related to debts owed for drugs, according to records.

Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi said there were signs that all the defendants were using and selling meth, but there were no signs the drug was being manufactured in the home.

She added that authorities had been monitoring the house for several months before the search was executed. In all, 10 arrests were made, which included a juvenile. Two adult suspects who were arrested were already wanted on prior criminal warrants and do not face any drug charges stemming from the search.

— Reporter Mike Rose contributed to this report