On 09/09/11 at approximately 06:16 hours the Winona County Emergency Management Team, Rochester Olmsted Emergency Response Unit, and Southeast Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force served a warrant at 1115 Willow Road in rural Elba. Allen Wayne Ellringer lives in a manufactured home at the above mentioned location. Ellringer was located inside the manufactured home by Winona County ERT members. Ellringer was detained. Troy Ingalls was located by Winona County ERT members in a camper on the property. Ingalls had an active felony DOC warrant for his arrest. Ingalls was transported to the Winona County Jail.
During the search of the trailer several unidentified pills were found in a cigarette cellophane wrapper. The wrapper was in an Altura State Bank envelope with a bag of marijuana and Ellringer’s bank statement. The pills appeared to be prescription pills. Investigators were unable to identify the pills on scene without cellular service for access to a pill identifier website. Based on Sheriff Dave Brand’s training and experience he knew the pills were packaged in a manner consistent with that of controlled substances that are possessed or sold illegally. Ellringer claimed he was unaware of the pills and could not identify them. Ellringer stated he was not taking medication. Ellringer was shaking his leg and constantly moving in the back seat of the squad car. Ellringer was speaking very fast and sometimes he was difficult to understand. Ellringer’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. Ellringer appeared to have used a CNS Stimulant recently. Ellringer was arrested and transported to the LEC.
The remainder of the trailer was searched and investigators found 3 small baggies of crystal methamphetamine in Ellringer’s bedroom. A large digital scale was also found during the search. Jail staff located a small baggie of crystal methamphetamine in Ellringer’s pocket along with $54.00 in cash.
A large safe was located near where the methamphetamine was located in Ellringer’s bedroom. Ellringer provided the combination of the safe from the Winona County jail so it could be opened without breaking the safe. Inside the safe there were eight long guns and one pistol. One of the long guns had a round in the chamber. There was also $6,120.00 in a second smaller safe found inside the large safe. The firearms and cash were seized for forfeiture.
The baggie from Ellringer’s pocket weighed 1 gram in the small jewel baggie. The other three baggies, all in the jewel baggies, weighed .9 grams, .7 grams, and 1 gram.