Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Albert Morris Johnson, age 35 of Burnsville, was charged* today with two counts of Controlled Substance Crimes in the First Degree, one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and one count of Possession of a Firearm with Altered/Removed Serial Number (all felonies) in connection with a large seizure of methamphetamine from the suspect’s home during the execution of a search warrant on May 1, 2013.
Backstrom stated that the Dakota County Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant to search the residence and place of business of Albert Johnson in connection with possible possession of narcotics. The search warrant was executed at Johnson’s Burnsville home at 1:10 a.m. on May 1st. Found during the search was over 12 lbs. of a controlled substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine. The estimated street value of this amount of methamphetamine exceeds $400,000.
Also seized by law enforcement officers during this search were three handguns, one of which was loaded and another of which had a destroyed serial number. Albert Johnson was previously convicted of second degree assault in Sherburne County in 2009 and was, therefore, ineligible to possess any firearms. Additionally, over $16,000 in cash was seized during this search.
Backstrom commented: “This case involves a large quantity of methamphetamine. We are pleased that law enforcement has been able to seize this significant quantity of an extremely dangerous illegal drug and keep it from being sold on the street.”
Backstrom indicated that this matter will be submitted to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for review and potential charging under federal law. If federal charges are brought in this case, these state charges will be dismissed.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found online at http://www.dakotacounty.us/LawJustice/CriminalComplaint. If in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at http://www.dakotacounty.us/LawJustice/Jail/Pages/inmate-search.aspx.
Backstrom thanked the Dakota County Drug Task Force for their work in connection with this case. Bail in the amount of $1,500,000 without conditions ($1,000,000 with conditions) was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Timothy McManus. Johnson’s next court appearance is May 20, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.