National Drug Ring Busted in Twin Cities with Duluth Ties

By KBJR News 1

National Drug Ring Busted in Twin Cities with Duluth Ties

March 10, 2012 Updated Mar 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- 20 men and women have been charged in connection with what officials are saying is one of the most prolific meth drug operations in the Upper Midwest. And it was all based in the Twin Cities.

According to KARE 11, Hennepin County prosecutors announced the charges Friday afternoon for the people involved in the drug ring.

These charges came after 8 months of investigation and surveillance of a home in Brooklyn Park.

The investigation dubbed 'Operation High Noon' was part of the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force that included officers from St. Paul and Minneapolis, as well as federal agents.

Authorities were able to seize almost 17 pounds of meth valued at over $500,000 along with four guns with armor-piercing bullets.

Investigators believe this ring shipped meth from Mexico or California and distributed it across the Twin Cities as well as into St. Cloud, Duluth and Eau Claire.

Officials are still investigating this drug ring. 13 of the 20 people charged are in custody while police look for the rest of the group. Officials due believe that the drug ring was part of a Mexican drug cartel.

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