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Rosemount man charged in Farmington drug arrest

It started out as a play date and ended with a drug bust.

Last January, officers from the Dakota County Drug Task Force and the airport police forced their way into a Farmington home and arrested 37-year-old Rosemount resident Herbert Lee Gildersleeve after Gildersleeve accepted a package that contained more than 11 pounds of marijuana when it showed up at Twin Cities International Airport.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, drug task force officers were alerted to the package by airport police Jan. 18 after an airport narcotics investigator became suspicious of the package's size and weight and the fact the shipping chargehad been paid in cash. A drug detecting dog alerted to the box, and when officers opened it they found 11.3 pounds of marijuana in several heat-sealed packages. The box also contained pepper flakes and an unidentified liquid.

The package was bound for an address in Farmington, but addressed to someone who records showed did not live at the home.

After obtaining a search warrant for the home, officers placed one of the marijuana packages as well as several phone books back in the box and, posing as a delivery driver, delivered it to the Farmington address.

After watching a man later identified as Gildersleeve pick the package up off the stoop and go back inside, police first knocked, then forced their way into the home. They found one adult and two young girls in the home's lower level and found Gildersleeve upstairs. They found the package of marijuana in a laundry basket.

According to the complaint, the other adult in the home told police Gildersleeve was the boyfriend of a cousin and that he came to the home each morning so their daughters could play. He denied knowing what was in the package.

According to figures at, 11.3 pounds of high-quality marijuana would be worth approximately $67,600.

If convicted on either of the two fifth-degree drug charges he currently faces Gildersleeve could face up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $20,000.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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