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Eveleth pair arrested in Arizona trying to bring meth to Minnesota

Their arrests were the result of joint working between Minnesota and Arizona authorities.
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Kathy Anderson, 39, and Brad Smith, 28,

Two people were arrested in Arizona last week in the process of picking up some meth to bring back to Minnesota.

The Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force announced the bust on Tuesday, saying that Kathy Anderson, 39, and Brad Smith, 28, both of Eveleth, were caught at a motel in Payson, Arizona last Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The Lake Superior task force said it had been investigating the pair over meth sales in Eveleth, and during the course of the investigation learned that they would travel to Arizona, pick up a large amount of methamphetamine, and then return to Eveleth.

This information was shared with Arizonan authorities when Minnesota investigators learned that Smith and Anderson were once again in Arizona.

This led police to the motel in Payson, about 90 miles northeast of Phoenix, where they found the pair along with 4.4 pounds of methamphetamine in their vehicle ready for transport.

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Smith and Anderson were arraigned in an Arizona court on drug transportation charges. 

Meanwhile, officers in Minnesota carried out a search warrant at Anderson's house in Eveleth on Thursday, finding 2 guns, mushrooms and additional meth.

"This is a great example of two drug task forces, on opposite ends of our country, working together, to apprehend these individuals and take a large quantity of methamphetamine off the street," the Lake Superior drug task force said in a statement.

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