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Officer reassigned during underage drinking investigation

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A tribal police officer involved in an investigation after several minors allegedly consumed alcohol on his property has been reassigned.

The Mille Lacs Messenger reports officer Russ Jude, the husband of Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Jude, was moved to an internal department position within the Mille Lacs Band Police Department pending the outcome of an investigation by the Anoka County Sheriff's Office.

Bailey Hamilton, 17, was transported to the emergency room during the early morning hours of May 27 with a blood-alcohol level of .21 percent.

Bailey told police he drank half of a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka while attending a graduation party on the Jude's property.

Other parents later claimed their underage children were also drinking at the party, but the county attorney claims she didn't know any of the alleged activity was taking place.

"I had no knowledge of any of these events occurring on my property until these reports were brought to my attention and would not have tolerated it had I known," Jan Jude wrote in a prepared statement to KARE 11.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office took over the investigation because of a possible conflict of interest.

No charges have been filed.

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