A.L. man pleads not guilty to drug sales

Published 12:30 pm Thursday, May 26, 2011

A 35-year-old Albert Lea man on Monday pleaded not guilty in Freeborn County District Court to 10 felony drug sales charges.

Eric Richard Meyer faces charges for allegedly selling cocaine, heroin and marijuana to a drug task force informant.

He was arrested in April after what was described by authorities as an ongoing investigation.

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He specifically faces one count of second-degree sale of cocaine or heroin; three counts of third-degree sale of cocaine, two counts of third-degree sale of heroin and four counts of fifth-degree sale of marijuana.

Court documents allege Meyer sold 3.7 grams of cocaine, 0.3 grams of heroin and 37 grams of marijuana.

During a court hearing Monday, Meyer’s lawyer, Dan Donnelly, requested his client’s case be scheduled for a jury trial. The date has not yet been set.

Meyer remains in custody in the Freeborn County jail.

Freeborn County District Court Judge Steve Schwab previously ordered Meyer be held on a $60,000 unconditional bail or a $30,000 conditional bail for the file involving the alleged cocaine and heroin sales.

He ordered $10,000 unconditional bail or $5,000 conditional bail for each of the four marijuana sales files.

In total, Meyer will have to pay $50,000 and abide by conditions of release if he wishes to be released from the jail.