Three charged in cocaine bust at ‘Big Steer’ truck stop 26 Apr 12

Three men, including one from Lakeville, have been charged with trafficking cocaine in the Northfield area.

The charges come following several undercover buys of cocaine at the Flying J Travel Plaza over the past two weeks by the Rice County Drug Task Force and Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force.

Adrian Michael Thomas, 21, of St. Paul; Mauricio DeJesus Garcia, 21, of Lakeville; and Leobardo Sandoval, Jr., 23, of Rosemount are each facing multiple charges, including first-degree felony charges related to drug sale and possession.

All first-degree charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine.

Sandoval and Garcia remain in the Rice County Jail; Thomas posted bail and was released. All three are scheduled to appear again in court on May 1.