Man gets 2 1/2 years for selling cocaine to deputy

Published 9:30 am Friday, February 24, 2017

A Rochester man charged with selling 3.3 grams of cocaine to a Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputy in April 2013 was sentenced to nearly 2 1/2 years in prison on Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Bashir Abdullahi Farah, 34, was sentenced after pleading guilty to a fourth-degree drug sale in January.

His sentence is running concurrently with a seven-year prison sentence he received in Olmsted County in a separate case. He was given credit for nearly three years in prison he has already served on the Freeborn County file.

Bashir Abdullahi Farah

Bashir Abdullahi Farah

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Farah will serve his sentence at Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.

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

Court documents state the sale 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.

Sentencing for Abdulle, 30, is scheduled for April 6. Abdulle pleaded guilty to fourth-degree drug sale in October. 

Abdulle is expected to be sentenced to executed prison time to run concurrently with an Olmsted County case, said Freeborn County Attorney David Walker.

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