Stolen vehicle recovered, drugs seized in Rosemount

Rosemount police recovered a stolen vehicle and seized two baggies of methamphetamine in a traffic stop last week on Highway 3.

Two Farmington residents — Cody J. Swanson, 24, and Amy M. Ekstrom, 21 — are facing felony charges in connection with the case.

According to the criminal complaint, a police patrol car pulled over the suspect vehicle as it was heading south on Highway 3 at about 6:20 a.m. Thursday, April 17, after a check of the vehicle’s plates indicated it had been reported stolen.

The vehicle, driven by Ekstrom, pulled into the lot of a nearby gas station, where police ordered Ekstrom and Swanson to the ground, the complaint said.

Both suspects stated they’d spotted the car parked on the street two nights before. The key was still in the ignition when the pair happened upon it, and they said they’d used the vehicle for the next two days.

Police searched Swanson and found a container holding two small baggies of a white crystalline substance which tested positive for methamphetamine, the complaint said.

Following their arrest, Ekstrom and Swanson were booked into the Dakota County Jail, where they remained as of Monday afternoon with bail set at $50,000.

Both Ekstrom and Swanson have been charged with theft over $5,000 and receiving stolen property, felonies that are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines of $20,000.

Swanson also has been charged with felony drug possession, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

Their next court appearances are scheduled for May 13 in Hastings.