Charges: 140 pounds of meth seized in raid – biggest in MN history


Authorities in Minnesota have announced the largest seizure of meth in state history.

A press release from U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger confirms that two people face federal charges following the discovery of more than 140 pounds of methamphetamine, with the pair appearing in court on Wednesday.

Dolores Ludmilla Castillo, 40, and Francisco Silvestre-Martinez, 27, both of Maplewood, have been charged with possessing with intent to supply the meth.

The seizure was made following a months-long investigation by the DEA and the Anoka Hennepin Drug Task Force into the activities of alleged drug dealer Nicholas Nelson.

Undercover officers bought meth from Nelson during March and April, and the subsequent investigation led authorities to a home in Brooklyn Center they believed was being used to store meth.

A Monday raid on the property, where Castillo and Silvestre-Martinez are listed as the primary residents, found the meth being divided into quart-sized bags.

The pair were then arrested on Tuesday in Maplewood. They were found to be in possession of two pounds of meth and $130,000 in cash.

"This is what successful collaborative law enforcement efforts can do," said Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart in the press release. "I am very proud of the team that worked so hard to make this operation a success. Let this be a clear message to those who would try to poison our communities in the name of evil greed; we will continue in this hunt and we will find you."

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