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Officials in Rice County involved in state's biggest meth bust

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Photo Courtesy: Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force (CRDVOTF) Photo Courtesy: Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force (CRDVOTF)
Photo Courtesy: Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force (CRDVOTF) Photo Courtesy: Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force (CRDVOTF)
Photo Courtesy: Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force (CRDVOTF) Photo Courtesy: Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force (CRDVOTF)
(KTTC) -

A drug bust on Tuesday is believed to be the biggest singe methamphetamine seizure in state history.

Agents of the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force recovered 170.98 pounds of the drug in Minneapolis.

A news release from the task force says the investigation started in January of this year in the jurisdiction area which covers Rice and Le Sueur counties.

There were 39 packages of meth in all, each containing about two kilograms.

Officers also recovered a sawed-off shotgun, 1.1 ounces of tar heroin and several thousand dollars in suspected drug cash.

Four men were arrested and charged in Hennepin County District Court.
Fernando Ramos Meza, 33
Peter Martin, 34
Javier Lopez, 46
Juan Daniel Valdez Mendoza, 23

According to the task force, when the seized drugs are broken down into $100/gram for street level sales, the value would be over $7,750,000.

Faribault Police Chief / Violent Crime Coordinating Council chair Andy Bohlen says, “Methamphetamine is still big business in Minnesota and Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) bring meth to major metropolitan hubs like Chicago and Minneapolis then break down the product for mid-level dealers. Eventually the drug continues to spread and ends up in all communities across the State."

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