An Eagan man is facing felony drug charges after a confidential informant allegedly purchased an "8-ball" of methamphetamine from him.
Vernon Ole Grimsrud, 53, faces one felony count of third-degree sale of a controlled substance and one fifth-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance. If convicted on the first charge, Grimsrud could face a maximum of 30 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
Police say a confidential informant contacted Grimsrud on Sept. 20 and arranged a meeting with the man. The informant, given government buy money to purchase the meth, allegedly met with Grimsrud at 2:50 p.m. on Sept. 20 at a business in Mendota Heights.
There, the informant and Grimsrud allegedly exchanged the cash for drugs, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Dakota County Attorney's Office.
Dakota County Drug Task Force agents later tested the substance purchased by the informant, and determined it to be 2.84 grams of methamphetamine, according to the complaint.
Grimsrud was convicted of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance in 2003 and again in 2009.