One man has been charged in connection with an Aug. 30 Maple Grove Township drug bust that netted law enforcement officials more than a pound of methamphetamine.
Michael William Savage, 38, address not available, was charged recently with felony first-degree sale of a controlled substance and felony first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Savage, a 22-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man were arrested after officers from the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed a search warrant at the 22-year-old's and 42-year-old's residence on Hillman Road.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Savage, officers found two bags containing what was believed to be meth, a scale with white residue and several firearms, including a loaded pistol, inside the residence.
As officers were preparing to leave the residence Savage pulled into the driveway, the criminal complaint said. Searching Savage's vehicle, officers found 463 grams of meth with a street value of more than $100,000. Also located in Savage's vehicle were packaging material, a loaded .45-caliber pistol with three loaded bullet clips and a .22-caliber rifle.
In the search warrant filed to search the residence and Savage's vehicle, it was stated that LADID officers had been investigating the suspects' residence for more than a year. Sheriff Eric Klang earlier said the meth seized was trafficked from Mexico. The search warrant also noted the residence housed a meth lab.
Savage posted a $50,000 bond Sept. 4 and was released from jail. His next court appearance is Friday.
Charges have yet to be filed against the 22-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man, said Kris DeMay, the Crow Wing assistant county attorney who prosecutes narcotics cases. DeMay declined to comment why charges hadn't been filed but said the cases were still under review.
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