An alleged meth-trafficking ring stretching all the way to California has been busted in Minnesota.
On Friday, the East Central Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force (ECDVOTF) announced that it had made three arrests and seized several pounds of meth this week, a development that comes after a six-month investigation.
In a news release, the task force says it had been investigating "a group of individuals" who were allegedly trafficking the drugs from California and distributing them in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, and Pine counties:
On Wednesday, ECDVOTF agents executed search warrants against a 38-year-old man from Stacy, Minnesota, with authorities finding not only six pounds of meth, but also "$6,659 in illicit drug proceeds" and three firearms.
The release notes the man is a "convicted felon and possessed the weapons illegally."
The same day, agents pulled over a rental car from California in the area, arresting two California residents — a pair of 25-year-olds from Long Beach and San Bernardino — on "fifth degree controlled substance charges."
Deputies from Isanti and Chisago counties assisted ECDVOTF in the bust.
The task force has not yet released any other details about the months-long investigation. The ECDVOTF was established in 2012.
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