MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 44-year-old Brooklyn Park man was arrested Tuesday after police seized 268 pounds of marijuana in a drug bust, according to charges filed Thursday in Hennepin County Court.

Ramiro Trevizo-Frias was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and commission of a crime while wearing or possessing a bullet proof vest in connection with the incident.

According to a complaint, officers learned through an informant that a large marijuana operation was going on at residences in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park. The informant told police that the group had just received a large amount of marijuana and was looking for customers.

Authorities tracked Trevizo-Frias through the informant to residences on the 3100 block of 13th Avenue South in Minneapolis and the 3200 block of 74th Avenue South in Brooklyn Park.

Authorities also tracked Mariano Saturino-Reyes through a series of controlled buys where they obtained his license plate identification.

On Tuesday morning, authorities executed a search warrant on Saturino-Reyes’s vehicle. They found two pounds of marijuana in a grocery bag and nine pounds of marijuana wrapped up in roofing paper, the complaint states.

Police were led later on Tuesday to the Brooklyn Park home, where they found a nine plant marijuana-growing operation and several tools used to make the drug. They also found three loaded handguns, ammunition, holsters and a bullet proof vest, according to the complaint.

Authorities were also led to a storage facility in Minneapolis, where they recovered about 171 pounds of marijuana inside 19 rolls of roofing paper. Police also found 77 pounds of marijuana inside the Brooklyn Park home.

During a search of Trevizo-Frias, police recovered about $5,337 in cash. In total, authorities seized about 268 pounds of marijuana in the bust.

If convicted, Trevizo-Frias faces up to 35 years in prison and more than $1,000,000 in fines.

Comments (22)
  1. Marine 0311 says:

    The evil marijuana again, I feel safe now! The war on drugs was lost before it started, waste of time and money. Make it legal already. What’s the deal with possessing a bullet proof vest? Is it so it makes the guy easier to kill when they cops raid his house?

  2. Mrs. Ida Wendeldorfer says:

    We used to Knit Blankets with Hemp Yarn back in ’43.

  3. Mary Wanna Smoke says:

    So the cops took some $20 an 1/8 shwag off the streets, big deal.

  4. Pat says:

    Hey CCO why don’t you do a Reality Check on how much money we waste every year on the fight against Marijuana every year and how much in tax payers money we waste every year in jail and prison, compared to the amount we make off of fines on this stuff every year? I am guessing that its probably 10 million plus we waste in one year compared to the possible million dollars that we make off of fines for this stuff alone every year?
    I say just legalize Marijuana and make millions if not billions of dollars each year off of the taxes alone and we already have laws set up for Marijuana so its not like they have to make new laws for this stuff, since they already have them in place. Last time I checked they had DUI, which is driving under the influence, which covers alcohol and all drugs, legal and not legal. Well ok maybe one law that you have to put into effect and maybe possibly fight over and that is either make it 18 plus like cigarettes and or 21 plus like alcohol. But again this government isn’t exactly the smartest or the brightest light bulb on this planet.

    1. funpack says:

      Pat You Are 100% right! We Waste So much money that the taxpayers should be outraged!

    2. HMMMM says:

      If you want to be technical we do not have DUI, we have DWI driving while impaired, which covers almost anything even lack of sleep.

      1. Duuuuuur says:

        Wow…you are a moron if you think lack of sleep will get you a DWI charge. LMAO!!

        1. DontTread says:

          It might if you hire a public defender.

  5. Bob says:

    Welcome to America, we are going to spend how much locking this guy up for how long ?

  6. Dan says:

    Good job boys in blue. More good Police work!!

  7. JoJo says:

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time!

    1. Road Kill says:

      Well siad … the dopers don’t like the words though. I do 🙂

      1. Road Kill says:

        I was rolling a smoke when I did my typo above …. wait, the last one was ’73. It stays in the system that long? Dopes for dopes

  8. big banjo says:

    wooooow, they found 9 plants and assorted equipment for “MAKING THE DRUG”….LOL….ya think that “making the drug” is anything like simply growing a plant?….only a bunch of non-sensical sensationalists would suggest that the fore mentioned was a reasonable way to characterize the situation…..iI wouldn’t even doubt if the plants were each in the early stages of growth and useless………is there really anybody that smokes much less buys that mexican dirt weed?…..all smoking is bad for your lungs but it seems that cigs are far more dangerous than pot….i dont smoke or drink but i dont ever recall anybody who died from smoking pot but millions who died from smoking cigs.

  9. don't be a snitch says:

    MSP needed a big bust to deflect the mob beatings downtown. Im sure they have been watching for weed for a long time to see where it went. It was time for a good headline.

  10. john doe says:

    Send them back to Mexic.

  11. B says:

    Boy in Blue.

    This goes beyond simply smoking a joint people. 268 lbs isn’t a “user” amount. Wake up. This stuff was smuggled in from Mexico by legitimate cartel members…Ya, the same ones who are killing innocent people all over our country, Mexico and even St. Paul. Three loaded handguns, smuggling and a bullet proof vest. What do you think they were up to?? Wake up. It’s much more complex than just weed.

  12. Ronnie Reagan says:

    268 pounds big deal!!! Let the guy go and end this stupid waste of time and money war on drugs!!! Nothing like big brother telling people what they can and cant do with their body’s!

    1. Real Deal says:

      Your blood sugar low after the bong hit, better hit the store and get your bag of fritos. I literally just lost brain cells reading your comment. WOW.

      1. Ronnie Reagan says:

        I doubt you had many brain cells to start with!!

  13. JEFF says:

    “3200 block of 74th Avenue South in Brooklyn Park.” Really ??? Did Brooklyn Park annex Minneapolis/Richfield???
    “Tools used to make the drug”- like clay pots, water , dirt, light. What moron wrote this? I’ve read police reports & know they aren’t the most eloquent people, but you’d think a reporter would edit out the really stupid stuff from the story.

  14. bullet proof vest says:

    what;s with the bullet proof vest, since when it became a crime to have one?

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