Mankato man pleads guilty to felony drug sale

BROWN COUNTY — A 21-year-old Mankato man, formerly of Sleepy Eye, facing a dozen felony charges pled guilty to 1st-degree delivering 10 grams or more of methamphetamine while possessing a firearm and firearm possession by a person convicted of a crime of violence in Brown County District Court Wednesday.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date for Christian A. Mayhew-Ykema was set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 20. Mayhew-Ykema remains in the Brown County Jail on $200,000 unconditional bail, $100,000 with conditions.

According to court documents, Brown County Deputy Justin Bauer working the 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift received information on Jan. 30 from dispatch that a vehicle entered stolen by Mankato Police on Jan. 28 was en route to New Ulm and the possible suspect was Mayhew-Ykema.

At about 8:28 p.m., Bauer observed a vehicle matching the stolen vehicle description traveling south on Broadway in New Ulm. Bauer did a felony traffic stop with New Ulm Police Officer “Chip” Rasche and Mayhew-Ykema was arrested. Dispatch confirmed the vehicle was the one reported stolen.

Searching Mayhew-Ykema, officers found two plastic baggies containing a while, powdery substance, a blue pipe commonly used to smoke controlled substances and $129 in cash. The baggies weighed 4.49 and 1.14 grams and tested presumptively positive for cocaine. The pipe appeared to contain burnt marijuana.

At 3:05 a.m. Jan. 31, Bauer took into possession a black nylon holster Mayhew-Ykema was wearing on his waistband. After a search warrant was issued and executed at 6:24 p.m., items found in the vehicle included a small, plastic baggie with a white powdery substance weighing 7.89 grams that field-tested positive for cocaine, a colorless crystal in a baggie weighing 3.55 grams that field-tested positive for methamphetamines, a Keltec .380 caliber handgun with magazine and six rounds, plastic bags with large amounts of black and clear plastic baggies commonly used for sale/distribution of controlled substances. 16 rounds of .380 caliber ammunition, a collector kit with four drug paraphernalia pipes with residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine and cocaine, a Keltec .380 magazine with five rounds, a quart-sized plastic bag weighing 30.62 grams that field-tested positive for marijuana and another plastic bag weighing 49.81 grams that field-tested positive for methamphetamines.

All told, 5.63 grams were found on Mayhew-Ykema, 11.44 grams were found in the front seat driver’s area and 49.81 grams were found in a backpack for a total of 66.87 grams of cocaine or methamphetamine.

Mayhew-Ykema was convicted of 5th-degree drug possession-not small amount of marijuana on July 10, 2018, in Blue Earth County Court and of a violent crime, Simple Robbery on July 10, 2018, in Blue Earth County Court. He is ineligible to possess firearms or ammunition.

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