The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 26, 2013

Mankato Most Wanted List suspect arrested on drug charges

MANKATO — Fewer than three weeks after being placed on the Mankato Most Wanted List for violating his probation for a 2010 drug arrest, a 45-year-old Mankato man was arrested and is now facing new felony charges for possession of methamphetamine.

Police received a tip that Ricky Lee Sullivan was staying at 32 Wood Drive, so they went to the mobile home Thursday with a felony arrest warrant at about 12:15 a.m. When the officers arrived, the man who lived at the residence, 32-year-old Jason James St. Peter, was standing outside the door.

When the officers told St. Peter they were looking for Sullivan, St. Peter told them Sullivan was inside. At that point one an officer heard someone running to the back of the mobile home. Sullivan was found quickly and arrested, according to a criminal complaint file Friday in Blue Earth County District Court.

 As Sullivan was being arrested, however, an officer saw a digital scale on the kitchen table. The scale had a white “crystal-like substance” that the officer suspected was methamphetamine. A glass pipe also was found in the porch, the complaint said.

At that point the officers contacted District Court Judge Bradley Walker at about 2 a.m. to obtain a warrant to search the house for drugs. In addition to the scale and pipe, officers found a small amount of methamphetamine inside a folded dollar bill. They also found liquid inside the glass pipe that weighed 44 grams.

That resulted in a first-degree drug possession charge against Sullivan and St. Peter because prosecutors are considering the weight of the water, which allegedly had methamphetamine dissolved in it.

Both men also were charged with fifth-degree drug possession because 10 plants, suspected to be marijuana, also were found in the mobile home. Six of the plants were found in a back bedroom where a 3-year-old child was sleeping. The remaining four were in a cupboard in the kitchen, the complaint said.

As a result of the child being in the mobile home, Sullivan and St. Peter are each also facing a felony charge of storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child. An additional charge of aiding an offender was filed against St. Peter, whose bail was set at $20,000 when he appeared in court Friday.

Sullivan’s bail was set at $50,000 Thursday when he appeared for the alleged probation violation. He told District Court Judge Gregory Anderson that it didn’t matter what bail was set at for the new charges because it would be out of his reach at any amount.

“I own nothing,” Sullivan said. “I live nowhere. I live right here in the jail. I’ve lost everything.”

Citing the seriousness of the charges, Anderson set Sullivan’s bail at $100,000.