Austin Rodeway Inn manager arrested on drug charges

Vanessa Benson, Michael Vasquez Photo: Mower County Jail. Vanessa Benson, Michael Vasquez

Updated: February 14, 2020 12:10 PM
Created: February 13, 2020 11:46 AM

AUSTIN, Minn. (ABC 6 News) - At 9:00 a.m. Wednesday several departments arrived at the Rodeway Inn in Austin.

The Austin Police Department, Mower County Sheriff’s Department, and Southeast Minnesota Violent Crimes Enforcement Team served a search warrant of the manager's residence at the motel.


Officials say the search warrant was the result of an investigation into the manager for the sales of illegal drugs.

Law enforcement found 146 grams of marijuana in three different locations as well as a digital scale and baggies.

28-year-old Michael Vasquez and 43-year-old Vanessa Benson, both of Austin, were taken into custody on 5th-degree charges of the possession of drugs.

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