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crime and courts Farmington, 55024
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Dakota County Drug Task Force agents found cash and marijuana when they executed a search warrant March 19 at a Farmington home.

The Dakota County Attorney's office has charged 27-year-old Jeffrey Michael Vankleeck with felony drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor, in connection with the discovery.

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Task force agents and officers from the Farmington police department found the door unlocked when they executed the warrant. In the garage they found $1,800 in cash, marijuana paraphernalia, empty baggies, a scale and two baggies of marijuana.

According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, a woman who was home when police executed the warrant told police she "was not surprised" there was marijuana in the garage. She said she'd seen a shoebox filled with marijuana in the garage. The woman told police all of the drug related items belonged to Vankleeck.

Vankleeck was convicted of a fifth degree drug crime in October of 2007. If convicted this time on the same charge he could face up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $20,000. The drug paraphernalia charge has a maximum fine of $300.

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