Research Assistant Faces Methamphetamine Charge

Created: 05/14/2014 7:40 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A man who worked as research assistant at the University of Minnesota is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports two officers patrolling a St. Paul public storage building last week on a theft report found 30-year-old Matthew Lee Krause in a methamphetamine lab in a unit.

According to the university's website, Krause works as an undergraduate research assistant II, in the biology department. The site describes him as a "master cloner," working on developing an in vitro regeneration system for pennycress, a potential source for biodiesel fuel

Krause was charged Tuesday in Ramsey County.

University spokesman Chuck Tombarge tells the Star Tribune Krause was last enrolled in the spring of 2013 and never earned a degree. Tombarge says it's unclear if Krause is still employed there.

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