Drug bust leads to huge marijuana growing operation in rural Minnesota

The sheriff described the scene as "elaborate" and "sophisticated."
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In 24 years on the job, Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze said he's never seen a narcotics operation as sophisticated as the one he helped bust in Dassel, Minnesota this week. 

In a press release, Cruze described the marijuana operation as "elaborate" and "sophisticated" with 1,433 marijuana plants, the most he's seen in 15 years working in narcotics. 

They also confiscated "numerous items used for cultivation." 

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The bust took place around 11:30 a.m. Thursday on the 500 block of Marcia Street in Dassel, which is about an hour west of the Twin Cities on Hwy. 12. 

Arrested during the operation was a wanted out-of-state fugitive, a 37-year-old man with no address, as well as a 45-year-old man from Brooklyn Park. 

The seize was conducted with help from the U.S. Marshals Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the CEE-VI Drug Task Force.

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