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Seeking skid loader, police find drugs

Police officers looking for a stolen skid loader found a whole lot more than they expected when they searched a Rosemount home earlier this year.

St. Paul Police executed a search warrant March 20 at the home of 53-year-old Jane Maranell. They were looking for a trailer and a skid loader reported stolen last February. A salesman from New Holland, the company that made the skid loader, called police in March after a concerned citizen who had considered buying the skid loader had called to check on the vehicle identification number.

Police found the skid loader, valued at $40,000, at Maranell’s 160th Street home. They also found a tile on which had been laid out a line methamphetamine, and an RV that contained drug paraphernalia including pipes, razor blades, a scale and hollowed-out pen tubes containing drug residue.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney’s office, Maranell’s boyfriend, who was also there when police arrived, admitted he and Maranell had been using meth just before police arrived.

If convicted on a felony charge of receiving stolen property, Maranell could face up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $20,000. A felony fifth-degree controlled substance charge has a maximum sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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