Inver Grove Heights Man Charged with Selling Methamphetamine
Police say Rodrigo Mota arranged to sell almost 4 ounces of methamphetamine to an undercover informant last week in Bloomington.
An Inver Grove Heights man is facing serious drug charges after police say he was caught with more than 100 grams of methamphetamine, some of which he sold to an undercover informant.
Rodrigo Mota, 21, is charged with first-degree drug sales and first-degree drug possession, each a felony with a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
According to the criminal complaint, signed by Bloomington Police Detective Cullan McHarg, police set up a controlled buy of methamphetamine from Mota Sept. 6 in the parking lot of a hotel in the 7800 block of Nicollet Avenue South.
Police had made arrangements for a cooperating defendant – who had bought methamphetamine from Mota several times in the past – to buy 4 ounces of methamphetamine from Mota for $5,000.
Police set up surveillance in the area and watched as Mota pulled into the hotel parking lot at the same time that the informant received a text message confirming that he had arrived.
Mota was arrested, and police found two bundles of methamphetamine in his car’s center console, according to the complaint. The drugs weighed 111.6 grams, or 3.93 ounces.
A typical dose of methamphetamine for a user is a quarter-gram, which ranges in price from $25 to $80. That means that the street value of the drugs allegedly found in Mota’s car ranged from $11,100 to $35,520.
Mota has been released from custody on a $75,000 bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance on the charges this week in Hennepin County District Court.