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2 Facing Charges After Large Drug Bust

2 Facing Charges After Large Drug Bust

October 17, 2018 05:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Two Dodge County men are facing 1st-Degree drug charges after a tip led to the discovery of 5 lbs. of methamphetamine.

According to court documents, on October 11 a Dodge County Investigator received information from a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Agent that a large quantity of methamphetamine was being shipped from Kasson to Minneapolis in order to be sold.

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The agent identified the person moving the alleged methamphetamine as Jose Hernandez-Bautista.

Law enforcement conducting surveillance on Hernandez-Bautista witnessed him drive to a residence in Dodge Center where he reportedly stopped his truck and a man, later identified as Heriberto Morales, exited a second vehicle and got into the truck.

Law enforcement then witnessed a woman get into Morales' car.  

Documents state that both vehicles were followed as they left Dodge County, at that time Minnesota State Patrol conducted a traffic stop on the second vehicle.  

Deputies reported that two women and three young kids were inside the vehicle.

The women reportedly consented to a search of the vehicle and troopers found four 1 lb. packages and two 1/2 lb. packages of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine in the rear area of the vehicle.

During the traffic stop agents reportedly noticed the vehicle being driven by Hernandez-Bautista was head back toward the second vehicle.  

Troopers made a traffic stop on Hernandez-Bautista's truck where he reportedly told law enforcement he knew the methamphetamine was in the second car and that the "drugs were not his" and he was just "the middle man for the deal."

Morales reportedly told law enforcement the drugs in the vehicle were his and that he knew they were in the vehicle.

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