Rochester drug tunnel case results in guilty plea and charges dismissed


ROCHESTER, Minn. – One person is pleading guilty and charges have been dismissed against another in the case of a suspected underground drug tunnel.

Brett Kuehl
Brett Kuehl

On February 17, 27-year-old Brett Aaron Kuehl of Rochester and 27-year-old Meredith Amber Dirksmeyer of Stewartville were arrested after Rochester police searched the home at 111 18th Avenue NW.  Officers said they found four grams of methamphetamine and a tunnel from the house to the garage they believe was used to store narcotics.

Kuehl was charged with 2nd degree sale of drugs and 5th degree drug possession. Dirksmeyer was accused of 3rd degree possession of a controlled substance.

Meredith Dirksmeyer
Meredith Dirksmeyer

Dirksmeyer has entered a guilty plea and will be sentenced on January 23.  The charges against Kuehl have been dismissed because the prosecution says a witness in the case is unavailable.  However, the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office says there are still several other open cases against Kuehl where he is facing trial.

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