A former Winona County resident will make his next appearance in Olmsted County District Court in Rochester on December 2nd, on felony drug charges.
49-year-old Daniel Drake Gernes was charged last Friday with with first degree sale of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, and fleeing a police officer.
The Rochester Post-Bulletin reports Gernes was arrested after he picked up a package on November 9th delivered to a Rochester address which had been staked out by authorities who had been alerted by the U-S Post office.
Contents of the package field-tested positive for meth.
The arrest led authorities to search an Elgin residence where they turned up $60,000 in cash and a pound of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia.
The authorities also searched a Wabasha County campsite where authorities said Gernes had been staying and discovered an assault rifle that had been reported stolen from Illinois plus small amounts of marijuana and meth.
This is not Gernes' first run-in with the law.
In 2003, while living near Minneiska, Gernes was sentenced in Winona District Court to more than 15 years in prison for possessing and selling cocaine.