Task force arrests 2 for meth possession

Published 9:07 am Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Two Albert Lea residents were charged in Freeborn County District Court on Tuesday with methamphetamine possession after law enforcement officers conducted search warrants at their homes the day prior.

Jessica Armstrong

Jessica Lynn Armstrong, 22, faces one charge of second-degree meth possession, a felony, after Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputies, South Central Drug Investigation Unit agents and Albert Lea police officers allegedly found more than 18 grams of meth, $681 in cash, a scale, baggies, meth pipes and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia at 621 Hope Lane.

Juan Vasquez Jr., 33, faces one charge of fifth-degree meth possession, also a felony, after authorities reportedly found a pipe that tested positive for meth, along with a digital scale, during a search at 629 1/2 Ruble Ave.

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During a court hearing Tuesday, Freeborn County District Court Judge Steve Schwab ordered Armstrong’s bail be set at $60,000 without conditions and $30,000 with conditions. Conditions included not using mood-altering chemicals, not going to liquor stores or bars, random testing, signing a waiver of extradition, checking in with court court services three times a week and not leaving the state without prior court permission.

Juan Vasquez

Schwab ordered Vasquez’s bail be set at $5,000 without conditions or the alternative that he be released on his promise to appear while agreeing to similar conditions. He was not ordered to check in with court services.

Vasquez agreed to the conditions and was scheduled to be released the same day. Armstrong and Vasquez are both scheduled to make their next appearance on the charges at 1 p.m. Nov. 8.

Armstrong faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Vasquez faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.