Rochester man pleads guilty to cocaine sale

Published 10:03 am Monday, October 10, 2016

A Rochester man charged with selling 3.3 grams of cocaine to a Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputy in April 2013 pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree drug sale Friday in Freeborn County District Court.

Ukash Abdulle

Ukash Abdulle

Sentencing for Ukash Ali Abdulle, 29, is scheduled for Jan. 5.

Abdulle and Bashir Abdullahi Farah, originally each faced one count of second-degree drug sale for a reported sale of 3.3 grams of cocaine April 12, 2013.

Court records state the sale allegedly took place in the undercover deputy’s vehicle in the parking lot of the Knights Inn in Albert Lea. The drug sold for $1,000.

Other members of the South Central Drug Task Force pulled the men over in their vehicle shortly after the sale and arrested them.

Farah pleaded not guilty to second-degree drug sale in February. A jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 13. Farah is currently in prison from a separate case.

Abdulle is expected to receive a probationary sentence, Freeborn County Attorney David Walker said.

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