STAPLES -- Four people were arrested and three methamphetamine labs were shut down in separate raids last week in Todd and Morrison counties.
In a joint investigation of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force, three search warrants were executed on three consecutive days. It is believed, Todd County Sheriff David Kircher said, that the three labs were connected.
On Jan. 21, agents from both drug task forces, the Todd County Sheriff's Department and the Staples Police Department raided a house on Wisconsin Avenue South in Staples, recovering equipment and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Two people, 31-year-old Edwin Dell Greenwood and 44-year-old Tara Suzanne Miles fled Staples, but were later arrested in Eagan. Both were charged in Todd County District Court with first-degree controlled substance crime.
On Jan. 22, drug task force members working with the Morrison County Sheriff's Department and the Motley Police Department executed a search warrant involving two mobile homes in the 800 block of Poplar Lane in Motley.
Officers recovered equipment and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. Two people, 42-year-old David Lee May and 47-year-old David Joseph Widhalm, were arrested. May was charged in Morrison County District Court with conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime, and Widhalm was charged with first-degree controlled substance crime.
On Jan. 23 task force agents, along with the Todd County Sheriff's Department and the Staples Police Department, executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1000 block of Eighth Street South in Staples.
Equipment and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine were recovered. An arrest warrant was issued for a 39-year-old male in connection with the raid.
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