Man accused of supplying 'large amounts' of meth to western MN arrested

The 47-year-old is a St. Paul resident.
Author:
Publish date:

Drug task force agents have made a potentially major arrest in the ongoing war on meth.

The arrestee, a 47-year-old St. Paul man, "was known to be supplying western MN with large amounts of methamphetamine," according to the Willmar-based CEE (cooperative enforcement effort) VI Drug & Gang Task Force. 

A release from the task force says the suspect was taken into custody on Thursday. After the arrest, agents executed a narcotics search warrant at his home and found "multiple pounds of methamphetamine."

According to the release, the as-yet unidentified suspect had sold agents over a pound of meth in St. Cloud.

He's currently being held in the Stearns County jail for first-degree sales and possession of methamphetamine. 

The case is still under investigation. 

This week's arrest follows an announcement earlier this month that seizures of drugs in Minnesota increased in 2019, with over 1700 pounds of meth being claimed by law enforcement. 

That represents a 49 percent increase over the amount of meth seized the year before; additionally, it marked 12 straight years of increasing meth seizures in Minnesota. 

Last year, a high-ranking Department of Human Services official told the Star Tribune that the state is "in a crisis" over the drug.

The paper noted that Mexican cartels have "flooded" Minnesota with meth that's "cheaper and purer than ever before," and that they've turned the state into a "distribution hub for the Upper Midwest."

 

Next Up

ballot voting vote

Appeals court changes rules for MN absentee ballots received after Election Day

Pending a further challenge, votes received after 8 p.m. on Election Day may not be counted.

Donald Trump

Confusion over where Trump campaign rally will be held Friday

It sounds like it'll be held at the airport in Rochester.

Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 3.19.05 PM

This video of the Lowry Hill Tunnel walls being cleaned is oddly satisfying

The tunnel will be closed overnight Thursday for cleaning.

gray wolf

Gray wolf removed from the endangered species list

A decision on whether they can be hunted in Minnesota will come later.

covid saliva test

Minnesota opening its 7th saliva testing location in St. Paul

The tests are free and open to anyone regardless of if they have symptoms.

pete stauber - qunn nystrom CD8

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

It's a race between incumbent Rep. Pete Stauber and Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom.

fire, flames

Lives saved as passerby, city workers rescue from 3 from Golden Valley fire

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the fire Wednesday morning.

Caribou Coffee Holiday 2020

Caribou Coffee rolls out holiday cups, menu early

The holiday season is underway at some Twin Cities stores, with a nationwide rollout planned for Nov. 5.

Malik Beasley

Charges: Timberwolves' Beasley pointed assault rifle at family on a home tour

The family was on the Parade of Homes tour when Beasley allegedly pointed the gun at them, telling them to get off his property.

Related

Kathy Anderson, 39, and Brad Smith, 28,

Eveleth pair arrested in Arizona trying to bring meth to Minnesota

Their arrests were the result of joint working between Minnesota and Arizona authorities.

Meth trafficked into MN leads to bust in Bloomington

A 22-year-old Minneapolis man was among three arrested.

police lights

Two arrested after drug bust finds $150K of meth, $72K in cash

The CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force arrested the two on Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 8.40.20 PM

Teen arrested in connection with shooting death of St. Paul man

The incident happened in St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2020-05-12 at 10.26.53 AM

Twin Cities drug bust nets $615,000-worth of meth, cocaine

The drug bust led to nearly 115 pounds of narcotics.