Law enforcement seized methamphetamine with a street value between $500,000 and $1 million, $10,000 in currency and three firearms when they executed a search warrant at an Anoka residence late last month.
At the scene, the Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force and the Anoka Police Department SWAT team arrested the resident, Cesar Ruben Fletes-Ortiz, 21, who was arraigned in Anoka County District Court Aug. 23 on two felony first-degree controlled substance crime charges, the first count for first for possession of methamphetamine and the second for possession with intent to sell methamphetamine.
Bail was set at $2 million and Fletes-Ortiz’s next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 23.
The search warrant was executed by law enforcement at 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at 4058 7th Ave., Anoka, the known address of Fletes-Ortiz, who was detained at the residence, according to the complaint.
In the search of the residence, officers allegedly found a $5 bill with a white substance that tested positive for methamphetamine in a bedroom known to be Fletes-Ortiz’s.
In the basement, the drug task force located a gun safe, inside which was “an extremely large amount of methamphetamine,” the complaint alleges.
There were two black garbage bags, each of which allegedly had four containers of a white substance which field tested for methamphetamine.
According to the complaint, the total amount of methamphetamine seized from the safe was 8,308 grams or 18.54 pounds, which is equal to some 100,000 doses and has a street value between $500,000 and $1 million.
The complaint alleges that the amount was clearly intended for sale and distribution.
Inside the safe, officers also allegedly located a ledger book with monetary drug notes, a digital scale and $10,000 in U.S. currency.
The drug task force also seized from the safe three firearms in close proximity to the methamphetamine – a mini-14 style rifle, a Glock 40-caliber handgun loaded with 13 bullets and a Mossberg shotgun.
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