A.L. police make meth bust; 2 face charges

Published 11:10 am Friday, May 28, 2010

Two people from out of the area were charged Thursday in Freeborn County District Court with methamphetamine possession after they were allegedly found by officers Wednesday night in the parking lot of the Countryside Inn Motel with the illegal drug in their vehicles.

According to court records, Joshua Dean Lee, 28, of South St. Paul, has been charged with second-degree meth possession and Shelby Renae Lambert, 18, of Marble Rock, Iowa, has been charged with fifth-degree meth possession.

Court documents state authorities arrested Lee and Lambert after they received a 911 call just after 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. No one spoke during the call but dispatchers could hear voices in the background and specifically a female voice crying and yelling. A female voice was also heard at one point asking about a half bag or half ounce of drugs.

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The call was traced to the Countryside Inn Motel or the empty lot south of the motel.

Records state when officers arrived, they found two cars next to each other in the motel lot. Lambert was the driver of one of the vehicles, and Lee was the driver of the other vehicle.

One officer saw a wooden dugout in Lambert’s car, which he associated with storage of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. On the inside of the dugout was marijuana residue.

In a purse sitting nearby, the officer found a blue-knitted sock with an open end, where there were two baggies with a crystalline powder identified as meth.

One bag weighed 1.7 grams and the other weighed just under 1 gram.

In a search of Lee’s car, officers found a clear plastic bag with 24 grams of meth, records state.

Later, at the Freeborn County jail, a deputy found a methamphetamine pipe in Lambert’s bra, court documents continue. Inspection of the bra revealed two slits cut into it.

The pipe field-tested positive for meth. It had a burnt residue in the bulb portion and a cloudy residue in the stem.

In court Thursday, Freeborn County District Court Judge John A. Chesterman set Lee’s bail at $80,000 unconditional or $40,000 conditional. Conditions include having contact with probation, using no alcohol or drug use, being subject to random testing, and remaining law abiding, among others.

He was previously convicted on second-degree meth sales in June of 2006. If he is convicted of the new possession charge, he will have to serve a mandatory prison sentence of three years.

The second-degree meth possession charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Chesterman set Lambert’s bail at $10,000 unconditional or $1,000 conditional.

Her file states a non-cash bond was posted Thursday.

The maximum penalty for the fifth-degree possession is five years an a $10,000 fine.