Oregon men charged with trafficking 140 pounds of marijuana in Minnesota

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Three Portland, Oregon, men have been charged with trafficking 140 pounds of marijuana from Oregon to Minnesota.

The Star Tribune reports charges against 37-year-old Phillip W. Myers, Joshua R. Cross, 39, and Alexander D. Lehrer, 30, were filed in Blue Earth County Thursday.

According to KARE 11, the three were among five people arrested in the drug investigation.

Those three individuals are charged with a count of first-degree drug sale and second-degree drug possession.

Police stopped a van as Lehrer drove it Wednesday in rural Blue Earth County in the Eagle Lake area, reports say. Authorities confiscated the marijuana from the van, then arrested Myers and Cross at a Mankato hotel.

Cmdr. Jeremy Clifton of the Mankato Department of Public Safety told the Mankato Free Press, "It's fairly obvious we have some big time players in Blue Earth County. It was a very good arrest in a very diligent investigation."

The investigation involved officers from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, The Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force and the Mankato Police Department.

"This is an excellent example of what a strong working relationship between law enforcement agencies, throughout the state, can accomplish," Ramsey County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy John Kirkwood said in a statement on Friday.

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