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Meth lab couple appear in court

By Staff | Nov 30, 2009

Rochefort

An omnibus hearing for a woman charged in a Nov. 4 meth bust has been continued while she receives treatment.

Teresa Ann Hinton, 40, of Elmore appeared in Faribault County District Court on Monday.

Defense attorney Bill Grogin asked Judge Douglas Richards that his client be allowed to enter a chemical dependency treatment program in St. Peter.

Grogin says he also is waiting for Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reports before the omnibus hearing is held.

Richards granted Hinton a furlough to seek treatment in St. Peter beginning Dec. 1.

Hinton

She remains in custody of the sheriff’s department and would be returned to Faribault County if she does not comply with the program’s requirements.

Hinton is charged with two counts of first-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine. The maximum penalty for each count is 30 years and a $1 million fine.

The second person charged in the case also had a court hearing.

Rick Allen Rochefort, 48, of Delavan has been charged with first-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine/prior conviction; first-degree conspiracy to manufacture meth/prior conviction; and first-degree possession of a controlled substance/meth.

County Attorney Brian Roverud gave Rochefort’s attorney — Patrick Casey — police reports and other discovery material.

Roverud says there are still some taped interviews that must be given to Casey.

The defense attorney says he also is waiting for BCA analysis reports to help determine all issues for the omnibus hearing set for Dec. 7.

Because of Rochefort’s prior controlled substance conviction, each charge has a maximum penalty of 40 years and a $1 million fine.

Bail has been set at $1 million without conditions and $500,000 with conditions. He also is being held on a Department of Corrections arrest warrant for violating conditions of his supervised release from prison.

According to a court complaint, Hinton and Rochefort are accused of manufacturing meth in a vehicle stopped on Highway 169 and a Blue Earth residence.