Rochester man faces 1st-degree drug charge

Published 10:29 am Monday, June 23, 2014

A 30-year-old Rochester man is facing a first-degree drug sales charge after he allegedly sold almost 31 grams of crystal methamphetamine to an undercover officer this week.

Nicholas John Hanson

Nicholas John Hanson

Nicholas John Hanson reportedly sold the drug to a plainclothes officer with the South Central Drug Investigative Unit for $1,500 Thursday afternoon in the Trail’s Travel Center parking lot, according to court documents.

Hanson was reportedly driving a maroon Ford Explorer at the time of the alleged sale and was stopped afterward by Albert Lea police officers near the intersection of 790th Avenue and Freeborn County Road 46.

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Police found Hanson with a large amount of cash in his right front pocket, according to court records. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Hanson on Friday appeared in Freeborn County District Court on the charge.

District Court Judge Ross Leuning ordered Hanson be held on $100,000 conditional bail or $250,000 without conditions.

He is next slated to appear in court July 3.

A charge of first-degree sale of a controlled substance carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.