2 A.L. residents charged for meth sales

Published 10:08am Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Two Albert Lea residents were charged in Freeborn County District Court on Tuesday after they allegedly sold methamphetamine to a Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

Melyssa Ellen Dominguez, 23, faces one first-degree meth sales charge and two second-degree charges from the alleged sales on March 14 and 22.

Gabriel Dominguez-Espinoza
Gabriel Dominguez-Espinoza

Gabriel Dominguez-Espinoza, 36, has been charged with aiding and abetting in the sale.

According to court records, the combined weight of the methamphetamine from both sales was 15.8 grams. The drug sold for more than $1,200 through funds from the South Central Drug Task Force.

Court documents state the sales took place in the parking lot of Nelson’s Market Place.

Dominguez reportedly exchanged the drug for the money in the deputy’s car, while Dominguez-Espinoza, her ex-husband, waited in the other car with a baby.

Both were arrested during a traffic stop after the second sale on Front Street.

Online court records state both Dominguez and Dominguez-Espinoza were served with the charges in court Tuesday. Dominguez-Espinoza requested an interpreter and will appear before the judge again today.

Melyssa Dominguez
Melyssa Dominguez

Freeborn County District Court Judge Steve Schwab ordered Dominguez to pay unconditional bail of $150,000 or conditional bail of $75,000.

Conditions included no use or possession of alcohol or drugs, complying with random testing, not leaving the state without prior court approval, signing a waiver of extradition and reporting to court services five times per week.

Dominguez will next appear in court at 1:30 p.m. April 4.

A first-degree meth sales charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.