Agents seize $200K worth of marijuana after raids in Crow Wing County


More than $200,000-worth of marijuana was seized and three men arrested in what police say was a "significant" operation in Crow Wing County.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl announced in a press release that the three men from Brainerd were arrested following an operation on Wednesday morning.

Agents from the Lakes Area Drug Investigation division (LADID) along with local sheriff's and police officers raided two properties in the 700 and 800 block of Fir Street, Brainerd.

In there, they seized several pounds of marijuana and arrested two men, as well as discovering information that led to a search at another property, in Baxter, Minnesota.

The raid on the house, in the 14000 block of Lyndale Drive, saw agents discover marijuana with an estimated street value of $210,000, as well as 12 guns and $25,000 in cash.

A 2008 Lexus was also seized, as it's believed to have been used to sell and distribute marijuana. The third man handed himself into authorities shortly after this raid.

"This is a significant arrest in Crow Wing County," Sheriff Dahl said. "The amount of marijuana seized from these three individuals is quite concerning.

"Obviously these were large dealers in our area and I want to thank all the officers and citizens who were involved in this investigation."

The three men, 29-year-old Matthew Olson, and 25-year-olds Blair and Bailey Bottenfield, all of whom are from Brainerd, are being held in custody on felony drugs charges. They are yet to appear in court.

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