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Apple Valley Man Sentenced to 13.5 Years in Prison for Possession of Narcotics, Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – An Apple Valley man has been sentenced to 162 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession of methamphetamine, fentanyl, and firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, on July 23, 2023, law enforcement attempted to arrest Timothy Allen Torell Wetzstein, 31, on outstanding warrants. Wetzstein fled from police officers but was arrested after a short foot chase. During the chase, Wetzstein threw away a Springfield Armory .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Police searched Wetzstein’s backpack and vehicle and recovered quantities of methamphetamine, fentanyl, more than $11,000 in cash, and three additional firearms. As part of his guilty plea, Wetzstein also admitted to possessing methamphetamine, fentanyl, and firearms on multiple other occasions between October 2020 and July 2023.

On November 9, 2023, Wetzstein pleaded guilty to one count of possession of methamphetamine and fentanyl with the intent to distribute. He was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Patrick J. Schiltz.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, Ramsey Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Dakota County Drug Task Force, and Minneapolis Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Campbell Warner prosecuted the case.

Updated March 19, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses