MANKATO — A Nicollet man who served more than four years in prison for a 2006 conviction for selling methamphetamine has been arrested again for allegedly selling the drug.
Members of the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force had set up a sting in Mankato last week and called for assistance from patrol officers after one of their suspects drove away. An officer responding to the area was told the suspect was on Second Street and heading toward Cherry Street.
Patrol officers had been told about the sting and its suspects during a briefing. The responding officer reported seeing one of the suspects, identified in the criminal complaint as 49-year-old Dale Allen Corbett, stopped at the stop light at Cherry Street. Corbett was pulled over at about 2:30 a.m.
When the officer asked Corbett to get out of the car, Corbett was sweating and fidgeting, the complaint said. The officer reported that other factors made him suspect Corbett was under the influence of drugs. Several sobriety tests were completed and Corbett allegedly performed poorly.
The car was searched after Corbett was arrested. A black nylon bag with five used syringes, a digital scale and a white powder substance were found in the center console of the car. The powder tested positive for methamphetamine.
The bag also contained five unused plastic bags and four small bags containing a powder that also tested positive for methamphetamine, the complaint said. The total weight of the powder was about two grams.
Corbett, who has a history of drug convictions, pleaded guilty to a first-degree drug charge in Brown County in May 2006 and was sent to prison. He was placed on supervised release in November 2010 and listed Nicollet as his last address. His supervised release was scheduled to end in 2016.