Drug Task Force search turns up cocaine

An Apple Valley man has been charged with a felony after a Dakota County Drug Task Force search of his apartment turned up more than an ounce of cocaine, according to police.

Carlos M. Gamboa, 19, was charged Sept. 26 following the search in August of his apartment on the 14100 block of Pennock Avenue.

According to the criminal complaint, Drug Task Force agents obtained a search warrant after two controlled buys of cocaine were made from Gamboa in the month prior to the search. The Drug Task Force’s informant indicated Gamboa kept cocaine above the kitchen cabinets in the apartment.

During the search, agents located two baggies of a white powdery substance – later confirmed to be cocaine – on top of the kitchen cabinet, the complaint said. Agents also located numerous items of drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash throughout the residence.

The 31.5 grams of cocaine seized in the search has a street value of approximately $1,400, police said.

Police spoke with Gamboa, who denied knowing there was cocaine at the residence, and denied ever selling it.

If convicted, Gamboa faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million.