Rochester Couple Admits to Federal Charges For 55 Pound Meth Bust
Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - A man and woman from Rochester recently entered into plea agreements to settle charges stemming from what authorities described as the largest ever methamphetamine seizure in southeastern Minnesota.
A spokesperson for the US Attorney for Minnesota says 30-year-old Steven Lindquist entered a guilty plea on October 31st, while 24-year-old Tiffany Gauthier pleaded guilty on November 8th. Both admitted to federal counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
The federal indictment against the couple was handed down in late July while the actual seizure of the 55 pounds of meth occurred May 2nd after the shipment of drugs from Mexico was found in a truck parked outside a southwest Rochester home. According to investigators, Lindquist continued selling meth after the seizure and was caught with 600 grams of the drug in Carlton County a few weeks after the Rochester bust. He had earlier been caught with a quantity of meth and $18,000 in cash during a traffic stop that occurred in April in Red Wing.
Lindquist is scheduled to be sentenced March 30th and Gauthier's sentencing will date is February 18th.