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Three charged with drug crimes

Two Farmington residents and a man from Bloomington have been charged with felony drug offenses in connection with a pair of incidents in Farmington and Rosemount.

The most recent happened Nov. 25, when a Rosemount police officer stopped Joseph Merrow, after noticing the car Merrow was driving had been reported stolen.

According to a complaint filed Tuesday in the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, police found marijuana and methamphetamine in a backpack that was sitting on the floor under the car’s steering wheel. They also found Merrow’s driver’s license in the backpack.

Merrow, a 29-year-old Farmington resident, was convicted of a fifth-degree drug offense in May of 2014. If convicted this time on a fifth-degree charge he could face up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $20,000.

The other incident began June 10, when Dakota County Drug Task Force agents executed a search warrant on Ethelton Avenue. Melissa May Ohnstad, 38, and Justin Ryan McCoy, 31, were both in the house, although only Ohnstad live there.

According to the criminal complaint, McCoy had a methamphetamine pipe and vials with a methamphetamine residue in a pouch attached to one of his belt loops.

In a bedroom Ohnstad identified as hers, task force agents found heroin, methamphetamine and $2,734 in cash.

According to the complaint, Ohnstad said she is the only one who uses that bedroom. She admitted the heroin was hers and said she uses pipes the officers found to smoke methamphatamine.

Ohnstad has been charged with two counts of fifth degree drug possession, each of which has a maximum sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $10,000. A misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia has a maximum fine of $300.

Ohnstad has been charged with one count of fifth-degree drug possession and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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