Major meth lab busted in Isanti County

4:56 PM, Oct 19, 2011   |    comments
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CAMBRIDGE, Minn. - A drug task force served search warrants late Monday and early Tuesday, busting suspects cooking in what they call an active meth lab.

Deputies and police raided a home on the 25000 block of Larch Street Northwest, where they found and arrested three people who were actively cooking a substance that is believed to be methamphetamine.

Those three people, two adult males aged 44 and 48, and a 51-year-old adult female, are being held in the Isanti County jail.

Based on evidence found at the scene investigators went to a residence in Cambridge, where they arrested six others on charges of possession of a controlled substance. The suspects are three men and three women, ranging from age 29 to 60.

Isanti County Sheriff Russ Monson tells KARE 11 his deputies have been working to infiltrate what he calls a "major" drug operation for more than a year. He says all of those arrested have been on law enforcement's radar screen individually, but it seems like they have joined together to form a sizeable criminal enterprise.

"We put a major dent in the meth distribution system of Isanti County," Monson said.  

Monson says meth was cooked at the home in Isanti in a large lab, and then taken to the Cambridge residence for distribution. He says officers are still looking for suspects who acted as "smurfs' for the operation by buying pseudoephedrine, which is an essential ingredient for manufacturing meth.

The law enforcement operation involved officers from the Isanti, Anoka and Chisago County sheriff's departments, and the St. Francis, Isanti and Braham police departments.

Charges could be filed sometime Thursday.

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