Big Meth Ring Busted Up In Isanti, Cambridge

Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at 7:12 am

A drug task force served search warrants earlier this week in Isanti, and busted up what officials say was a sizable meth manufacturing operation.

KARE 11 reports that deputies and police raided a home on the 25000 block of Larch Street Northwest, where they found and arrested 3 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 then proceeded to a residence in Cambridge, where they arrested 6 others on charges of possession of a controlled substance. Those suspects are 3 men and 3 women, ranging from age 29 to 60. Apparently the meth was cooked at the home in Isanti in a large lab, and then taken to the Cambridge residence for distribution.

Isanti County Sheriff Russ Monson told KARE 11 that 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.

Monson 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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