The business owner who called out Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag in a giant "where the f**k" sign last month is commenting further on a search at his business, and his anger towards the sheriff.
Malcolm Prinzing, the CEO of DiMa Corp., which operates adult stores called Pure Pleasure in several Minnesota communities according to reports, sent a letter last week to various businesses regarding a search at the company's Albert Lea headquarters.
Prinzing – who calls the officers conducting the search "goons," "clowns" and a "misfit" – said he doesn't know what the search was about, warning others that this could happen to them and Freitag won't be there to help.
But Freitag, in a statement Monday, says Prinzing's letter contains inaccurate information about the Sept. 8 search, which was conducted by the South Central Drug Investigative Unit (SCDIU) and had nothing to do with the Freeborn County Sheriff's Office.
Prinzing's letter – and Freitag's response to it – come a few weeks after Prinzing posted a giant electronic billboard message on his Albert Lea business that read: "Concerned voter asked where the f**k was Freitag."
The message was regarding the sheriff's decision not to help him while his business was being searched. At that time, Freitag said he felt “obligated to respond” to the billboard because the message was on a “huge electronic board for God and Country to see."
More on the search and what happened
According to the Albert Lea Tribune, the SCDIU was executing a search warrant because law enforcement believed synthetic marijuana was being sold at the business. The paper says officers apparently found an illegal product containing THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) and invoices from distributors at Prinzing's Albert Lea office.
When officers arrived for the search, Freitag said in the release the first thing Prinzing did was call him saying: "You’re the man. If anyone can stop this, you can. I need your help ... get down here." Freitag told Prinzing he wasn't going to his business because it was illegal for him to interfere with a search warrant and it was unethical for him to show up.
Freitag suggests that for Prinzing to ask him to stop the search shows "corruption was on his mind," and "it's apparent" Prinzing believes that because he donated to his campaign, he has "special privileges and the laws of the land applies to everyone, but him."
"He has no one to blame for his troubles but himself," Freitag writes. "Shame on Prinzing for the 'misfit' comment, and thank God we're not all carbon copies of each other."
No charges in connection to the investigation have been filed, according to court records. And the Albert Lea Tribune reported last week that the drug task force has not recommended any, although the items it seized during the search could be used in an ongoing investigation.
GoMN has reached out to the SCDIU for more information on the investigation.