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Burnsville barber pleads guilty in Dakota County's largest meth bust

  • September 23, 2013 - 9:00 PM

Albert M. Johnson pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Minneapolis to drug possession with intent to distribute in connection with the largest meth seizure ever recorded in Dakota County.

Johnson, 36, who owns the Q&A Barbershop on E. Cliff Road in Burnsville, admitted in court to having 12 pounds of methamphetamine in his house when it was raided May 1 by the county’s Drug Task Force. He also admitted selling the drug earlier that day and at other times. Task force agents also found three guns and $16,000 in cash in his home.

Charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm with an altered or removed serial number were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Johnson was initially charged in Dakota County District Court, but those charges were dropped when federal charges were filed. The federal charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

Johnson’s attorney, Earl Gray, argued in court that the drugs belonged to another man, who dropped them off the night of Johnson’s arrest and was supposed to pick them up the next morning.

Pat Pheifer

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