Rochester, MN Man Charged For Felony Drug Sales for 4th Time This Year
The charges, filed in Olmsted County Court last week, stem a search warrant served last December. Court documents also accuse him of violating a confidential informant agreement with local law enforcement.
The criminal complaint indicates Rochester Police arrested 47-year-old Jason David Hameister on suspicion of felony drug possession after the December 29 search of his apartment in the 600 block of East Center St. After the search and arrest, Hameister told police he wished to become an informant to work off his charges and indicated he knew of several people who would sell him methamphetamine by the pound. The charges say Hameister partook in one controlled buy and turned over a pound of suspected meth to law enforcement.
In mid-January an investigator was conducting surveillance on the person suspected of selling Hameister meth during the controlled buy and saw the subject drive their vehicle along the same route used during the controlled buy. Law enforcement became suspicious Hameister was buying meth without alerting investigators, the complaint says.
The investigator confronted Hameister about the alleged purchases and Hameister led him to his girlfriend’s apartment in the 200 block of 1st St. Northeast where law enforcement seized 596.3 grams of suspect meth with packaging and $1,685.00 in cash, court documents say.
Hameister was arranged Friday on charges of first-degree drug sales and first-degree drug possession. The judge in the case set his bail at $200,000 without conditions.
Three other cases involving at least one charge of first-degree drug sales against Hameister are still pending in Olmsted County Court. Earlier this month he was charged with the crime after a drug bust at a Rochester Motel. Hameister was also charged with the crime earlier this year when he allegedly sold 29 grams of meth to an informant working for law enforcement.
The other case charging him with first-degree drug sales stems from a call between Hameister and his girlfriend while he was in custody at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center in February. Court documents in that case say law enforcement found large amounts of meth, fentanyl pills, prescription pills and marijuana during a February 7 search of their Rochester residence.