A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for a North Branch man accused of selling a large quantity of methamphetamine that he picked up in Lakeville.
Corey Michael Holcomb, 42, is charged with two felonies: first-degree drug sales and first-degree drug possession, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
According to the criminal complaint, agents with a multi-jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Administration task force began surveillance of a house in Lakeville, the home of a known drug distributor who had become a task force informant, on June 22, 2011.
Just before 2:30 p.m., agents saw a man later identified as Holcomb arrive in a red Pontiac Grand Prix. Holcomb went inside the home and left about six minutes later.
Agents continued to watch Holcomb until he was stopped by a Minnesota state trooper near County Road 42 and Nicollet Avenue in Burnsville for a broken taillight.
The trooper approached the vehicle and spotted a large bundle of $100 bills beside Holcomb’s right leg, according to the complaint. He asked Holcomb to step out of the car so he could show him the non-functioning taillight.
As the trooper spoke to Holcomb, he continually put his hands in his pockets, despite repeated requests by the trooper to keep his hands visible. The trooper did a pat-down search of Holcomb and felt an object inside his pants pocket that he believed might contain drugs.
The trooper asked Holcomb what it was, and Holcomb initially said it was nothing, but later admitted that it was drugs, according to the complaint. The trooper removed a plastic bag containing a white rocklike substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, and arrested Holcomb.
The trooper searched Holcomb’s car and found additional quantities of methamphetamine and $3,900 in cash, according to the complaint.
Holcomb told authorities that the methamphetamine and cash were his, and that he was on his way to deliver them to his source at a nearby hospital, the complaint says. He said he was a methamphetamine user, but that he also sold it in half-gram amounts for $50 each, according to the complaint.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension determined that the amount of methamphetamine found in Holcomb’s car totaled 48.9 grams.
Holcomb’s whereabouts are unknown. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local police.