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Sleeping men accused of drug crime

Drug charges have been filed against two Rochester men who were found asleep Monday morning in a running vehicle.

Police also found three large bags of marijuana, according to the criminal complaints  against Tyler James Kennedy, 19, 1920 S. Village Drive S.E., and Alexander Joshua Gustafson, 18, no street address.

Both are charged with two counts of fifth-degree controlled substance crime for allegedly possessing and selling marijuana.

Unconditional bail for Gustafson is set at $10,000 and conditional bail at $2,000. Unconditional bail for Kennedy is set at $5,000 or he can be released on his own recognizance with conditions. They return to court May 3.

According to the complaints, officers on patrol about 4:25 a.m. Monday saw a suspicious vehicle parked in a parking lot in the 900 block of Sixth Street Northwest.


The windows were partially open, and the vehicle was running. A person standing near the business said two men were in the vehicle. Both were sleeping. Officers said they smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Officers recognized Gustafson, who was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Kennedy was asked to get out of the vehicle, and the vehicle was searched. The complaint said officers found three large bags of marijuana in the center console. One of the bags contained three smaller bags. In all, there was 99.2 grams, or about 3 1/2 ounces, of marijuana. Also found were three cell phones, a marijuana grinder and a marijuana pipe. The complaint said recent messages about drug dealing were found on the cell phones. Police also seized $306 cash in Kennedy's possession.

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