Another story to test NCS profile mapping (DAsha)2 Rochester residents face federal drug charges

Mel Lawrence, center, competes in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Championships athletics meet, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Mel Lawrence, center, competes in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Championships athletics meet, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Published July 31
Updated October 10

Jul. 31--MINNEAPOLIS -- Two Rochester residents have been charged in U.S. District Court on drug charges stemming from the seizure of more than 55 pounds of methamphetamine from their vehicle.

Steven Allen Lindquist, 30, and Tiffany Marie Gauthier, 24, face charges related to possession and distribution of the illegal drug. Lindquist was arraigned Monday before Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson and ordered detained pending trial. U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the indictment of the two suspects in a written release.

According to the indictment, from November 2018 through May 29 of this year, Lindquist and Gauthier worked together and with others to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. Lindquist also is accused of possessing hydrocodone, oxycodone, alprazolam, clonazepam, MDMA, and marijuana, which are all controlled substances under federal law. Law enforcement in Goodhue County seized from the defendants $17,920 in cash and approximately 55 pounds of methamphetamine from a vehicle linked to Lindquist.

The case is the result of an investigation conducted by the DEA, the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, and other members of the Southeast Minnesota Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET).

Lindquist faces four charges -- one count each of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; and two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Gauthier faces one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas M. Hollenhorst is prosecuting the case.

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