MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged 20 people in connection with a methamphetamine ring that was based in the Twin Cities.

Gallery: Meth Bust Press Conference

The Hennepin County attorney’s office says the nearly eight-month investigation started when an informant went to St. Paul police about meth sales.

The FBI became involved through its Safe Streets Task Force.

Officials used a wiretap to track the movement of the suspects. Authorities recovered nearly 17 pounds of meth with a street value of over half-a-million dollars.

Officials say some of the suspects had connections to the La Familia Michoacana Mexican drug cartel.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says authorities believe the meth was produced in Mexico and came to Minnesota through the West Coast.

St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith says suspects targeted the Hmong community.

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Comments (19)
  1. Oh-Really? says:

    tired old rant!

  2. KEVIN says:

    These a holes can’t loose. If they don’t get caught they make money. If they get caugt we give them free housing three meals a day with full medical benefits. Enough treating them like victims. They need to do real hard time doing any labor that will help society, and no better medical benifits that the poorest of the poor may receive. Stop bleeding tax dollars for these low life.

    1. pumphandle- says:

      Kevins best, LOOSE instaed of lose, and YOUR instead of YOU’RE

      1. I'm So Wasted says:

        Be nice to Kevin, he’s been hammered in other posts today…

    2. Trevor says:

      Bring the BDP back

  3. Mabel Hornschlinger says:

    Me too! I think it would make Bingo Night fun!

  4. Richard Cheese says:


  5. Erna Kipplebottom says:

    Isn’t Meth that Norwegian Fish?

    1. Mrs. Ida Wendeldorfer says:

      No Erna, that’s called Lefse I think.

      1. Mrs. Lyle Fredrickson says:

        No No No Ida, I think that’s Lutefisk!

        1. Spellin Natzi says:

          Fish Smeller?

  6. do do says:

    Sure, when the mex get caught they just ship em back south, then it starts all over again….they can’t loose, MN nice they say…….

  7. j speedbag64 says:

    8 months they let it go on……how much did they move in the mean time 137 pounds by time they finally stopped them….

    1. O Bush Ma says:

      Let it build up for a bigger bust = more funding for them. It is called a war. And no matter if you are drug free it’s really us against them. We pay, they profit. End the drug war.

  8. KEVIN says:

    Hey pumphandle
    How many times have you sucked off the govenment tit?

  9. KEVIN says:

    Mr. i’m so wasted
    how many times have you sucked on pumphandles tit?

  10. O Bush Ma says:


  11. wake up says:

    Check this out….did you people know that every Wednesday at about 1 pm there are 2 aircraft which leave MSP heading to Mexico with nothing but illegals on them? One was a red and white MD80 and the other was a blue aircraft with no airline name printed on them.

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