Drug charge dropped against Rochester woman


ROCHESTER, Minn. – A drug charge has been dismissed against an Olmsted County woman.

On July 11, 2015, police arrested Corey Lydell Pendelton and Natasha Nicole Haul, both of Rochester.  Police say Pendelton had been wanted on a probation violation for some time and he was spotted in a car being driven by Haul.

After the car was pulled over, police said they found 24 grams of synthetic marijuana in Haul’s purse.  They also said Pendelton was seen reaching under the front passenger seat and a loaded handgun was discovered there.

Cory Pendelton
Cory Pendelton

The now 38-year-old Pendelton entered a guilty plea to felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced in September, 2105, to 60 months in state prison, with credit for 69 days already served.

The now 36-year-old Haul was charged with 5th degree marijuana possession, a felony, but that charge was dismissed on Thursday.  The Olmsted County Attorney’s Office says new evidence has come to light that would make it impossible to prove Haul’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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