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Charges: Man was shipped $200K worth of meth

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A man staying in Wadena was charged after he was shipped a package filled with $200,000 worth of methamphetamine.

Michael Gino-Ladon Ricks, 27, of Illinois, was charged Monday with first-degree possession of a controlled substance after investigators found four pounds of meth inside the package, according to the Wadena County Sheriff's Office.

According to the criminal complaint:

The West Central Minnesota Drug and Violence Crime Task Force was notified of a suspicious FedEx package at the airport in Bemidji. An agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said the package smelled strongly of "spices."

A search warrant uncovered the package, which was being mailed to a Wadena apartment from Arizona, was filled with meth.

An investigator, dressed as a FedEx delivery person, did a "controlled delivery" of the package at the Wadena address on Friday. Ricks, who was staying at the apartment, answered the door and asked the deliver person: "What took you so long?"

Ricks, who left the apartment after signing for the package, was arrested and charged.

Investigators learned Ricks, who has at least eight different aliases, was a rapper from the Twin Cities and Michigan and would visit Wadena – or have people visit for him – to sell narcotics.

Ricks has been previously convicted of third-degree controlled substance sale in Olmsted County, and had various felony warrants issued for his arrest out of Michigan and Wisconsin.

Ricks, who made his first court appearance Monday, is being held on $500,000 bail at the Wadena County Jail, the sheriff's office says.

If convicted, Ricks faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine, the complaint says.

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