3 charged following drug raid

Published 10:14am Friday, November 16, 2012

The three Albert Lea residents arrested Tuesday after a raid at a local residence were charged in Freeborn County District Court Thursday with drug possession and firearm violations.

Brock Eckstein

Brothers Brock Martin Eckstein, 48, and Erwin Leroy Eckstein, 50, each were charged with one count of marijuana possession and one count of possession of a firearm after the conviction of a crime of violence.

Both are felons and are prohibited from possessing firearms.

Lacy Rose Carlsen, 34, was charged with one count of methamphetamine possession.

Erwin Eckstein

According to court documents, officers with the South Central Drug Investigative Unit conducted a search of 607 11th St. early Tuesday morning after receiving a tip that there was a large cache of weapons and illegal drugs at the house.

They reportedly found several baggies of marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and 43 firearms.

Court files state officers also found a little more than a pound of what they suspected to be hallucinogenic mushrooms in the kitchen; however, officials are still awaiting results of an analysis of them by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The officers reportedly found the marijuana — which totaled 5 ounces — in various places in the residence, including in bags in the southwest bedroom, the west bedroom, the dining room and basement.

Lacy Carlsen

Officers reportedly found the methamphetamine, which weighed less than 3 grams, in Carlsen’s purse. A baggie with white residue was also found in the basement, and a snort tube that field-tested positive for meth was found on a tray in the living room.

The guns, similarly, were found in various areas of the house.

According to the court records, there were shotguns, BB guns, handguns and rifles in the southwest bedroom closet, and two black powder .50-caliber guns and ammunition were found in the west bedroom. A BB gun was found above a kitchen cabinet, and a rifle was found by the front door.

Freeborn County District Court Judge Ross Leuning set unconditional bail Thursday for both of the Ecksteins at $50,000 with conditional bail at $25,000. Conditions included not using or possessing alcohol or mood-altering chemicals, not being in bars or liquor stores, complying with random testing, not leaving the state without prior approval, signing a waiver of extradition and not possessing any weapons, among others.

Leuning set unconditional bial for Carlsen at $20,000 with conditional bail at $5,000. She had many of the same conditions.

The three are next expected to appear in court Nov. 26.