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3 charged with drug offenses

Three Rosemount residents have been charged with felony drug offenses following two separate incidents earlier this year.

The first incident started Jan. 19 in South Saint Paul and ended with a traffic stop on Highway 52 near County Road 46. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office a Dakota County Drug Task Force agent was conducting surveillance at a known drug house in South Saint Paul. He watched as a car pulled up and a woman got into the passenger seat, then got back out after about a minute. The task force agent followed the car.

The driver, later identified as Thomas Clifford Needham, 27, had a suspended driver's license.

As he searched Needham the deputy found a methamphetamine pipe. According to the complaint, Needham agreed to let deputies search his apartment. There, deputies found a methamphetamine pipe and a marijuana pipe.

If convicted on a fifth degree controlled substance charge Needham could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

The second incident took place Feb. 1. Rosemount police officer Jeremiah Simonson checked the license of a car and discovered it's driver had a suspended license. When he turned around to stop the car the driver, 21-year-old Travis William Dalzell, parked illegally in front of an apartment building and ran inside. Simonson followed wet footprints to an apartment door.

According to the complaint filed in the county attorney's office Dalzell said he ran because he didn't have a valid license. Molly Acker was also at the apartment.

In Dalzell's car police found a sifter that contained a methamphetamine residue and a methamphetamine pipe.

Police also found a bag in the car that Acker, 24, identified as hers. The bag contained baggies with methamphetamine residue.

Acker faces one fifth degree controlled substance charge. If convicted she could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000. Dalzell faces a more serious fifth degree controlled substance charge, with a potential sentence of up to 10 years and fines of up to $20,000; and a driving after suspension charge with a potential sentence of up to 90 days and fines up to $1,000.