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A Rice County Jury today convicted Wayne Emil Pexa, 61, of 1st Degree Sale of Methamphetamine, and 2nd Degree Possession. Pexa, of Faribault, was at his home on 6th Street NW when officers executed a search warrant, based on information and the traffic coming and going from the house.Offices found scales, commonly used to weigh drugs, pipes with suspected residue from methamphetamine, and a total of 45 grams of methamphetamine. Pexa’s girlfriend told the officers he keeps his methamphetamine in his wallet, officers found several baggies of methamphetamine in his wallet and four pills which turned out to be amphetamines. Officers also found a large amount of cash.The case was tried by Assistant Rice County Attorney Brian Mortenson. Pexa is well known to Rice County law enforcement because he has had over 30 years of contacts with them on both minor offenses and felonies.The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines would likely require a sentence of 64-90 months for Pexa who represented himself at trial. Although he has many felony convictions, most are too old to count on his current sentence.“The evidence clearly established Pexa was dealing methamphetamine in Faribault” Rice County Attorney John Fossum said. “This case was the result of good work for by the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force, and their careful investigation and diligent collection of the evidence.” Fossum added.CONTACTS:John Fossum, Rice County Attorney, (507) 332-6103Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator, (507) 332-6121