A June 26 synthetic drug bust in the small Iron Range town of Taconite resulted in the seizure of four pounds of "suspected synthetic marijuana 'Spice,'" as Itasca County officials put it. But perhaps the most intriguing part of the story are the mugshots of the two suspects arrested and charged wit ... More >>
Members of the U.S. Marshals North Star Fugitive Task Force got a rude awakening when they tried to apprehend a fugitive at a house at 5137 Abbott Avenue South in the Fulton neighborhood of southwest Minneapolis last Friday morning.When officers entered the home behind 37-year-old Jeremy Gonser, who ... More >>
Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, Roberto Ortiz, a 22-year-old Minneapolis resident, was pulled over in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights after an officer observed him commit unspecified traffic violations.SEE ALSO: St. Cloud police show off 44 pounds of pot they seized yesterday [PHOTO]Ortiz conse ... More >>
Unfortunately for him, the man with the greatest (legal) name in the world is back in the news.SEE ALSO: Robin Hood busted stealing computers from St. Louis Park tech store Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-bop-bop is facing felony charges in connection with a July 20 traffic stop in Washington County, Iowa ... More >>
Around 9 p.m. last night, an ultralight aircraft "buzzed the crowd" a couple of times at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival at El Rancho Mañana near Richmond.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Supreme Court rules you can legally drunk-drive SegwaysAllegedly, the crowd wasn't the only thing that ... More >>
Ray Martin McFeters isn't shy about his drug habit. The 73-year-old Air Force veteran lives in the rural Minnesota town of Aitkin, right on the north end of Mille Lacs Lake. He's been smoking pot most of his life, currently up to about 25-30 bowls a day, according to a recent interview with the Mi ... More >>
We can certainly think of worse problems to have, but Moorhead police say the latest one they're facing is an influx of California medical marijuana.SEE ALSO: Kimani Young, new U of M assistant basketball coach, was once busted with 96 pounds of potLast Friday, police executing a search warrant arre ... More >>
Last spring, law enforcement officials in Hennepin, Anoka, and Ramsey counties went public with concerns about a dramatic uptick in heroin use in the Twin Cities. It turns out a good portion of the metro area's supply may have been riding around in the car Apple Valley police found Warren Comeaux in ... More >>
The alleged former leader of a north Minneapolis criminal clique known as "YNT" (Young 'n Thuggin') was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison Monday for aiding and abetting the distribution of crack cocaine. SEE ALSO: Cover: The View From Down Here Minneapolis guns incidents, violen ... More >>
Looking to score a rock in the Twin Ports? Until the cops got involved, it sounds like getting your hands on an EBT card would've helped the cause. SEE ALSO: Jeff Dubay says he started using crack after his brother slept with his wifeDuluth police announced today they've arrested 30 people and are h ... More >>
On Tuesday, Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu doled out a record sentence for a Minnesota drug crime and sentenced Pedro "Peli" Ayala-Leyva to 30 years in prison for his role in a large methamphetamine operation.Peli, 37, was found guilty in October of conspiracy to traffic drugs. State sentencing gu ... More >>
A drug-sniffing dog found a considerable amount of methamphetamine -- and a pipe -- in Nicole Denzer's vagina. Apparently she forgot to pack a lighter. METH IS A HELL OF A DRUG:-- Stillwater couple's pock-faced, cross-eyed mugshots double as anti-meth advertising [PHOTOS]-- Man allegedly threatened ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Twin Cities police worried about dramatic uptick in heroin-related deathsA vast, 26-person drug case in Duluth effectively ended yesterday with the federal conviction of Lawrence Lalonde Colton. The investigation began in 2010, when law enforcement in Minnesota and Wisconsin noticed an ... More >>
See Also: Native Mob takedown: a closer look at the charges Native Mob federal case: Eight more plead to lesser charges Jeremee Kraskey was going to talk to the feds. He had already given them information. That, at least, was the belief of his fellow Native Mob gang members on February 26, 2011 ... More >>
At about 11 p.m. on June 14, police were patrolling an alley in between Harriet and Grand avenues in south Minneapolis. There had been a robbery in the area earlier that day.While driving down the alley, they came across a man keying into a locked garage door. He was wearing a large camping backpack ... More >>
Eight more alleged Native Mob gang members named in a federal indictment have pleaded guilty to considerably lesser charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The feds unsealed the indictment in January, the product of a federally orchestrated, statewide crackdown on the violent Native Amer ... More >>
A few months ago, we reported on the federally orchestrated, statewide takedown of the Native Mob that shuttered Minnesota prisons for an entire day.Following the initial arrests, the feds unsealed an indictment naming 24 alleged members of the violent, Minnesota-born gang, with charges including ra ... More >>
Don't want your kid to do meth? Plaster the mugshots of Stillwater's Ashley Brooker and Nicholas Doyle to little Johnny's wall. While you might have to worry about him having nightmares, he'll probably never be tempted to touch crank. This week, Brooker, 23, and Doyle, 25, pleaded guilty to felony d ... More >>
Joseph Thomas, a 42-year-old Mendota Heights resident, had a sick notion of how he could get America talking about immigration issues.According to a federal affidavit obtained yesterday by the Associated Press, Thomas told an undercover agent he wanted to steal a pickup truck, fill it with oil and g ... More >>
Lawrence Wajda, the Minneapolis firefighter charged with meth possession last week, was placed on administrative leave Sunday, says Matt Laible, spokesman for the city of Minneapolis. Wajda was arrested while working at a firehouse in Stadium Village last Tuesday. Upon searching Wajda, Minneapolis ... More >>
Lawrence Anthony Wajda Jr., a veteran Minneapolis firefighter, was charged with possession of methamphetamine Wednesday after police found .5 grams of the drug with him at work. Wadja, who has worked at the department for more than 20 years, faces felony fifth-degree drug possession. "It's unfortu ... More >>
Minneapolis' Champions Sports Bar and Grill, located near Lake & Nicollet in the Lyndale neighborhood, has long been known as a drug den.Bar management promised to clean the place up in 2007, but their efforts apparently didn't stick. Monday afternoon, Minneapolis police announced they arrest ... More >>
Derek Wayne Brown, a 43-year-old Minneapolis man, was sentenced to eight years in prison today for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine. Brown was released from jail in 2008 after serving 14 years for first-degree assault. In November 2010, he and eight others were indicted fo ... More >>
The wild details of Wednesday's early morning raid of an after-hours club at 3019 27th Ave. in south Minneapolis haven't resulted in equally wild charges, at least not yet.Police described finding alcohol, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and suspected ecstasy pills on the scene, as wel ... More >>
300 pounds of marijuana seized in Big Lake.Suspected of being a stash house, the home on Sherburne County Road 83 in Big Lake Township had been under watch for five months by the time police moved in on Valentine's Day. When the dust settled, 300 pounds of marijuana had been seized, and five ... More >>
Brandi Favre: "Always in trouble."Vikings QB Brett Favre's younger sister Brandi was arrested yesterday during a meth bust in Diamondhead, Miss. Now the local police have released her mug shot. "She's always in trouble," Hancock County Sheriff's Maj. Matt Karl told AP.
Brett Favre's younger sister, Brandi, has been arrested in a meth bust.More trouble in the Favre family. Brandi Favre, Brett's younger sister, has been arrested in Mississippi after police moved in on a meth lab. Hancock County narcotics agents say they watched a drug buy at a gas station in ... More >>
Fargo Police Department15 pounds of illegal ruffageWhen a North Fargo resident agreed to receive a package at his apartment for Mohamed Suleiman Mohamud, he wasn't expecting the package to contain 15 pounds of drugs.But on Saturday, when he opened the package that arrived he found clumps of a lea ... More >>
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Image by Jonathunder, WikipediaReitzman's future was bright, other than that 500 grams of meth thing.Just two years ago, the future looked promising for Jason Lee Reinartz. He had just opened up a swanky new tattoo shop in Austin, Minn. He had plans to open up another. But as Reinartz learned ... More >>
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Photo: DEA via WikipediaHere, chew on thisA 37-year-old Maryland man was arrested over the weekend at Chicago's O'Hare Airport after luggage inspectors discovered he was trying to smuggle about 80 pounds of khat that he later told interrogators was destined for the Somali community in Minneap ... More >>
The state Supreme Court said her bong-water was a drug. Now she'll serve six months in jail.
If it smells like meth, and it looks like meth ...
Thirty-one people in Minneapolis have been arrested in federal raids on a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. More than 1,000 have been busted across the country.
We can only imagine an awkward Thanksgiving if these brothers ever even see each other.
The brother of the Minneapolis police chief used and sold meth while on the job as a postal worker, according to charges filed Tuesday.
We're not quite sure what this man was thinking, but his attempt to throw his pot stash under the car of the cop that was speaking to him failed miserably.
A cop did a routine check of license plates in Maple Plain and discovered this person had a warrant out for their arrest and proceeded to search the car. And there it was! A cooking meth lab, in the car!
Sick patients' loved ones hopeful for additional relaxation of the law
When police went to a Burnsville motel expecting to bust two suspects with all sorts of fun drugs, their mission turned more into an undergarment raid.
That's what the Star Tribune wants readers to believe. It's right there in the lede to today's explainer piece about about meth lab toxicity. Without citation, reporter Karen Yousa bluntly asserts that meth is "Minnesota's biggest drug problem." Sounds scary. But is it true? Not by most available ... More >>
The drug war: back with a vengeance A new bill in Congress would drastically increase sentences for many kinds of drug offenses If you think the Congressional Republicans' war on the judiciary can't get any more shrill or irrational, you obviously haven't read up on House Resolution 1528, Defe ... More >>