Apple Valley man charged with felony
An Apple Valley man was charged with a felony last week after he allegedly arranged to sell a pound of marijuana to a police informant.
Police say Yonas B. Haile, 26, had agreed to sell the marijuana to an informant with the Dakota County Drug Task Force at a location in Burnsville on June 16.
The day of the scheduled sale, Task Force agents and Burnsville Police officers maintained surveillance of the area where the transaction was to take place. Officers conducted a traffic stop on Haile’s vehicle – on grounds it violated window tint laws – and found 446 grams of marijuana (about a pound) in a pink bag in the back seat, the criminal complaint said.
The Dakota County Attorney’s Office has charged Haile with one count of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree.
If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His next court appearance is Dec. 5.