Man pleads guilty to selling meth

Published 10:45 am Friday, August 2, 2013

An Albert Lea man on Thursday pleaded guilty in Freeborn County District Court to selling crystal methamphetamine to an undercover officer.

Thomas Lee Tuttle, 32, entered the plea as part of an agreement with the Freeborn County Attorney’s Office. He initially had been charged with first-degree drug sales but pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge.

Thomas Tuttle

Thomas Tuttle

Freeborn County Attorney Craig Nelson said Tuttle is facing a presumptive prison sentence of 6 1/2 years in prison because of the nature of the case and his criminal history.

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Court documents state Tuttle sold 25 grams of meth to the undercover officer on March 26 when the officer, an informant and Tuttle went on a drive in the area of Ramsey and Pillsbury streets.

The meth reportedly sold for $1,800.

Police arrested Tuttle after serving a search warrant at 615 Pillsbury Ave. following the sale. Tuttle was found hiding in the bathroom. He is slated to be sentenced Aug. 29.