Alleged drug dealers arrested [UPDATED]Published 10:45am Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Updated 11:51am Friday, May 6, 2011
Seventeen alleged drug dealers were arrested across Otter Tail County on Monday during a series of drug busts local law enforcement agencies are calling “Operation: Spring Cleanup.”
“There are more arrests to come,” said Police Chief Kile Bergren of the operation, which began three months ago.
Most of the drug dealers targeted operated in and around Fergus Falls, with a few others from Pelican Rapids and outlying parts of the county. Some of the dealers operated in groups or partnerships, but they were not all part of one big ring, Bergren reported. Evidence was gathered against the dealers in part by a series of controlled drug buys organized by various law enforcement officers.
“Over the course of the (three months), the agents purchased and received cocaine, both powder and crack; methamphetamine; ecstasy; prescription medication, including oxycodone, other painkillers, Adderall … and marijuana,” said Bergren.
Officers who were part of the busts are still totaling the amount of drugs purchased in the buys, as well as any drugs seized during the operation Monday. Bergren said the total is significant.
Between eight and 10 officers from three agencies were involved in the arrests over the course of the day. Bergren said the arrests were coordinated to send a message to dealers across the county that local communities will not accept drug activity and that drug use is related to many other crimes that affect others, like burglary, theft and assault.
“If you’re going to be involved in that kind of activity, you’re probably going to want to look elsewhere for a place to live,” he said.
The operation was spearheaded by Fergus Falls Police Detective Jess Schoon and Otter Tail County Deputy Jim Iverson.
“It was a joint operation from our two agencies and the West Central Minnesota Drug Taskforce,” Bergren explained.Tags: drugs, Operation: Spring Cleanup