Police have announced the largest seizure of methamphetamine in Minnesota history, after a raid in Minneapolis.
The raid by the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force, with the aid of Minneapolis police and the Department of Homeland Security, happened at a house on the 3600 block of Dupont Avenue North on Tuesday.
Inside, police found 170.98 pounds of meth with a wholesale value of $684,000.
When broken down into street prices at $100/gram, the value of the haul is approximately $7.75 million.
Five adults and three children were found at the property, with four men arrested and charged in Hennepin County Court this week.
- Fernando Ramos Meza, age 33
- Peter Martin, age 34
- Javier Lopez, age 46
- Juan Daniel Valdez Mendoza, age 23
The meth was found in 39 packages each weighing 4.4 pounds. Police also found additional smaller packages of meth, as well as 1.1oz of tar heroin, a sawed-off shotgun and several thousand dollars in suspected drug cash.
Faribault Police Chief Andy Bohlen said: "Methamphetamine is still big business in Minnesota and Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) bring meth to major metropolitan hubs like Chicago and Minneapolis then break down the product for mid-level dealers.
"Eventually the drug continues to spread and ends up in all communities across the state," he added, saying the seizure will have a "significant impact" on protecting Minnesotans.