Operation: Spring Cleanup

Authorities find 2009 marijuana growing operation suspect

A man who was charged nearly five years ago for allegedly having more than 500 marijuana plants in a Fergus Falls house was finally arrested last month. In 2009, police called it the largest grow operation in the city’s history. Trung Van Nguyen, 39, of Fergus Falls, was charged in Otter Tail County District Court […]

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‘Pretty Tony’ sentenced

The Fergus Falls man known as “Pretty Tony” who was arrested during the Operation: Spring Cleanup drug sting was sentenced in Otter Tail County court last week. Anthony Williams, 41, was sentenced for fifth degree drug sale. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail, with 43 of those days already served. Judge Barbara Hanson […]

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“Cleanup” criminal fined for drug sale

One of the men involved in the Operation: Spring Cleanup drug sting this spring in Fergus Falls will not get any more jail time after being sentenced for fifth degree drug sale last week. Calvin Leland Bengston, 50, of Fergus Falls, was sentenced to time served in jail and 5 years supervised probation by Judge […]

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Lake protests drug sting at council

A Fergus Falls resident sometimes seen with signs or an old American Flag on the corner of Lincoln and Union avenues came to the city council meeting on Monday to protest the Operation: Spring Cleanup drug sting. Joshua Lake read from a lengthy letter during the council’s open forum segment. The letter protested what he […]

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Another man charged in ‘Spring Cleanup’

A man who allegedly sold more than $1,000 in cocaine in Fergus Falls has been charged in court as part of the Operation: Spring Cleanup drug sting. Charles Richard Helps, 23, has been charged with two counts of first degree drug sale, one count of second degree drug sale, and two counts of fifth degree […]

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One more arrested in drug sting

Fergus Falls police tracked down another alleged drug dealer Tuesday as part of their Operation: Spring Cleanup drug bust. Charles Richard Helps, 23, of Fergus Falls, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. at a home on the 500 block of Gustavus Street. Police received a tip that he was staying at the home. When police arrived, […]

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Two more arrested in “spring cleanup”

The Operation: Spring Cleanup drug sting continues to reel in dealers from around the county, as two more alleged drug dealers found through the operation were charged at the end of last week. Keith Allen Haats, 51, of Hawley, was charged with two counts of fourth degree drug sale, and Christopher Kip Carman, 45, of […]

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Police hope to get drug money back

The law enforcement agencies involved in the Operation: Spring Cleanup drug bust in and around Fergus Falls are hoping to get back the more than $6,000 used in controlled drug buys between suspected dealers and confidential informants. “We’ll attempt to (recover) all of that money in restitution,” said Fergus Falls Police Captain Steve Adams. Restitution […]

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More details released in drug sting

The Operation: Spring Cleanup drug bust project was a wide-ranging operation that dealt with several different kinds of drugs and revealed networks of Fergus Falls drug dealers that allegedly worked together to provide interested buyers with contraband, according to court documents on 16 dealers picked up in arrests on Monday and Tuesday (an additional juvenile […]

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Alleged drug dealers arrested

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 […]

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