A.L. man faces meth sale chargePublished 6:39am Sunday, April 14, 2013
A 32-year-old Albert Lea man is facing a first-degree drug sales charge after he allegedly sold 25 grams of crystal methamphetamine to an undercover officer last month.
Thomas Lee Tuttle is being held in the Freeborn County jail on a $75,000 conditional bond.
Court documents allege the sale took place in the evening of March 26 when the officer, a confidential informant and Tuttle reportedly went on a drive in the area of Ramsey and Pillsbury streets.
The meth sold for $1,800, according to reports.
Tuttle was arrested after an officer served a search warrant at 615 Pillsbury Ave. He was found hiding in the bathroom of the house.
The money used to purchase the meth was found in the same room.
In Freeborn County District Court on Thursday, Tuttle’s public defender asked that a bail study be conducted for his client. He also made a speedy demand for a contested hearing, at which time arguments can be made about the admissibility of evidence at trial.
A charge of first-degree methamphetamine sales carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.