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Suicide leads Farmington police to evidence of drug crime

The suicide of a Farmington woman has led to her husband being jailed by the Dakota County Drug Task Force on an unrelated charge.

Farmington police responded to a home on Upper 189th Street Friday afternoon after receiving a request to check the welfare of a resident.

Arriving at the house, police found a 33-year-old woman dead in a vehicle in the garage. According to Farmington police chief Brian Lindquist, evidence at the scene indicates she died of asphyxiation, due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Police then entered the home to make sure no one else was injured or in danger. Police didn't find anyone else in need of help, but they found evidence of another, unrelated crime: possession of a large amount of marijuana.

The woman's husband was taken into police custody and booked in the Dakota County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana. He appeared in Dakota County court Monday morning on the charges.

The Dakota County Drug Task Force served a search warrant on the home Tuesday morning. The man was booked into the Dakota County Jail again Tuesday afternoon. Charges are pending.

The Independent will not name the man until formal charges are filed.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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