Officers executing a search warrant last week seized over a pound of methamphetamine and nearly an ounce of cocaine, one of the largest drug busts in Crow Wing County history, county authorities said.
The search warrant was part of a multi-jurisdictional investigation of a Nicholas Ronald Wynn, 33, Pequot Lakes.
The investigation into Wynn was started in April by the FBI. Wynn was arrested May 8 at the Pequot Lakes Post Office. Wynn had been purchasing a number of suspicious items online, including body armor, various chemicals and gun parts.
On May 9, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division agents assisted the FBI in executing a search warrant at a residence located on the 27000 block of Beaver Dam Drive in Pequot Lakes.
While executing the FBI warrant, agents located a large amount of methamphetamine. LADID agents then applied for and received another search warrant for the narcotics search. As a result of the warrant, 1.1 pounds of methamphetamine was located with an estimated street value of more than $50,000, the sheriff's office reported. The methamphetamine was found in four large pieces consistent with methamphetamine coming from a Mexican lab. Also located was nearly an ounce of cocaine.
"This is one of the larger methamphetamine seizures we have seen in Crow Wing County," Sheriff Scott Goddard stated in a news release Thursday. "This shows that Crow Wing County's methamphetamine problems are not only in the cities of Crow Wing County, but also in the rural areas. We are going to concentrate our efforts not only within the city limits, but also in the outlying areas of Crow Wing County."
The investigation resulted in several criminal charges against Wynn, who appeared May 10 in Crow Wing County District Court. Wynn faces three felonies-first-degree possession of drugs, possession of a firearm or ammunition and committing a crime while possessing or wearing a bullet resistant vest.
Wynn admitted to investigators he was trying to make methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.
During an interview with FBI agents and Crow Wing County sheriff's investigators, Wynn said he had several weapons stored at a separate location and ammunition in his residence. He also said he did think about making a bomb to blow up his father's vehicle, but he didn't want to hurt his father.
Wynn has three prior felony convictions for possession of controlled substances, according to court records. He is being held at the Crow Wing County Jail.
The Breezy Point, Pequot Lakes and Brainerd police departments assisted the sheriff's office in the investigation.
Wynn's next court appearance is scheduled at 9 a.m. May 28.