Man charged after 12 lbs of meth found in home

1:53 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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HASTINGS, Minn. - A Dakota County man is charged with a handful of felonies after authorities discovered a large stash of methamphetamine inside his home.  

Albert Morris Johnson of Burnsville was charged Friday with two counts of controlled substance crimes in the first degree, one count of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm with altered/removed serial number.

The charges were filed against Johnson in connection with a large seizure of methamphetamine from his home during the execution of a search warrant on May 1, 2013.

Officers from the Dakota County Drug Task Force executed the warrant at Johnson's Burnsville home at 1:10 a.m. on May 1st. They discovered 12 pounds of a controlled substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine. The estimated street value of the meth exceeds $400,000.

"This case involves a large quantity of methamphetamine," said Backstrom in a written statement. "We are pleased that law enforcement has been able to seize this significant quantity of an extremely dangerous illegal drug and keep it from being sold on the street."

Also seized during this search were three handguns, one of which was loaded and another of which had a destroyed serial number, and over $16,000 in cash.

Albert Johnson was previously convicted of second degree assault in Sherburne County in 2009 and is therefore ineligible to possess any firearms.

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