Kristene Brooks of West St. Paul has been living at a pace no one can possibly maintain.
According to public documents, the 25-year-old single mom, who was in Adan Margritos Flores-Lagonas's vehicle last week along with almost 18 pounds of meth, has a history of courthouse woes that outstrip her biological years.
In addition to being named as the defendant in five housing-related lawsuits, Brooks has been caught driving with a suspended license, DUI, and using an identity card "issued to another."
Earlier this year, she was also picked up on a drug charge in Bloomington.
But her biggest crime might be the dubious company she's keeping.
During a major drug sting operation last Wednesday night involving multiple agencies in various states -- including the Rochester Police, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension -- Brooks was in a car driven by 39-year-old Adan Margritos Flores-Lagonas of Apple Valley.
Authorities had arranged to make a major meth buy. They'd agreed to meet the dealer at a parking lot outside Dick's Sporting Goods on Rochester's south side.
As law enforcement closed in, Flores-Lagonas sped off, colliding with an unmarked police vehicle in the process. He drove west as police made chase before finally losing control of his vehicle near Olmsted County Road 8.
Flores-Lagonas then tried to escape on foot, but was soon apprehended. According to police records, he had good reason to flee. Inside the car was a handgun and almost 18 pounds of meth.
According to various news reports, Rochester Police Spokesman Capt. John Sherwin says the drugs have an estimated street value of roughly $1 million.
Flores-Lagonas faces multiple felony counts.
Olmsted County records show he's already been charged with attempting to evade police and possession of a handgun by an ineligible person, apparently having had a prior firearm conviction.
Federal drug charges are likely forthcoming.
It's possible that Brooks, riding shotgun to last week's drug drama, won't be charged in connection with meth. She reportedly told police she had no knowledge of the drugs.
If she does walk away without criminal entanglement, perhaps the incident will serve as a wake-up call for the young woman, if not for herself, then for her little one.
According to state records, Brooks and Jesus Santos Quintanilla share a child.
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