Criminal charges have now been filed against a man who police say is a major trafficker of methamphetamine in Mankato.
Thirty-three-year-old Randy Joel Bade is accused of three counts of first degree drug sales, as is his wife 28-year-old April Bade. Both were set to appear in court today (Thursday) for a bail hearing.
According to the complaint, a search of the Bades’ shop at 1800 6th Avenue turned up 282 grams of methamphetamine, with a street value of up to $15,000, along with a marijuana grow operation.
Court documents also say that agents with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task force were aware that Randy Bade was a methamphetamine dealer and over the past six-months, a number of jail inmates told police that Bade traffics large amounts of meth to numerous people in Mankato and the surrounding communities.
Police say they’ve also done surveillance at the shop in the past and observed known drug dealers coming and going from the property.
In addition to the weed and meth, police say they found baggies, a digital scale and a drug ledger.