Rochester man, woman sentenced in connection to methamphetamine distribution conspiracy

A Rochester man and woman have been sentenced in connection to a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The release said 30-year-old Steven Lindquist was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Tiffany Marie Gauthier was also sentenced to 5 years in prison.

The attorney's office said between late April and early May, law enforcement tracked a vehicle that Gauthier drove from Arizona to Minnesota. Law enforcement officials were able to obtain a search warrant for the vehicle and found 55 pounds of methamphetamine in the fuel tank.

Officials learned Gauthier helped Lindquist receive drugs from a supplier in Arizona and delivered them to Lindquist, who sold the drugs to customers throughout the state.

In late May, law enforcement officials were told Lindquist was selling drugs at Black Bear Casino in Carlton County.

When officers searched his vehicle, they located 615 grams of methamphetamine.