Burnsville man pleads guilty in large meth bust

Albert M. Johnson

A Burnsville resident and barbershop owner pleaded guilty Sept. 23 in one of the largest methamphetamine busts in Dakota County history, the  Pioneer Press newspaper reported this week.

Albert M. Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty in federal court in Minneapolis to drug possession with intent to distribute, the paper reported.

He admitted in court to having 12 pounds of the drug in his home when it was raided by Dakota County Drug Task Force agents May 1 and to selling smaller quantities of the drug earlier that day and a few other times, the Pioneer Press reported.

The street value of the seized drugs exceeded $400,000, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in May.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop two gun charges and an additional drug charge in the case.

Johnson remains free on bail. His sentencing hasn’t been scheduled.

Johnson was charged May 3 in Dakota County with two first-degree controlled-substance crimes, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possessing a firearm with an altered or removed serial number.

Backstrom also submitted the case to the U.S. attorney’s office for possible charging under federal law. After federal charges were brought, state charges were dismissed.

Drug task force officers obtained search warrants for Johnson’s home, at 62 Riverwoods Lane, and his barbershop, Q&A Barbershop at 2929 Cliff Road E. in Burnsville.