A St. Paul man who regularly invested $10,000 a week in drugs, running them from Chicago to the Twin Cities, was nabbed by the Minnesota State Patrol and faces felony drug charges in Washington County District Court.

Yesterday, Kenneth Ray Linsey, 44, was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree sale of 10 grams or more of cocaine.

He had been arrested with 11 ounces of drugs after a traffic stop in Woodbury, already spent 252 days in jail, and the remainder of his 146-month term takes place at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.

According to the complaint:

Acting on a tip from a confidential informant, St. Paul police obtained a search warrant for his residence and tracked the vehicle and cell phone of the alleged cocaine dealer. Electronic monitoring showed the car and phone consistently in the same area when it went to Chicago and back.

At 7:27 a.m. Sept. 25, 2014, a trooper stopped Linsey's Toyota Corolla, a K-9 cop sniffed narcotics from the exterior of the car, and law enforcement personnel removed the driver's armrest to reveal 11 ounces (300 grams) of cocaine.

Linsey has four previous convictions for fifth-degree controlled substance.