PRESS RELEASE 4/23/2021
Six Pounds of Meth Seized in Pine and Isanti Counties
Over the past six months, the East Central Drug and Violent Offenders Task (ECDVOTF) has been investigating a group individuals involved in drug trafficking from California to Minnesota and in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, and Pine County area.
On Wednesday, the ECDVOTF served multiple warrants in Chisago, Isanti and Pine Counties leading to the seizure of six pounds of methamphetamine, several guns, $6,659 in illicit drug proceeds, and the arrest of three people.
On 4/21/2021, the ECDVOTF served warrants on Anthony Nathan Jones, 38 and his vehicle in Pine County. Three pounds of methamphetamine were discovered in the vehicle and Jones was booked into Pine County jail on first degree controlled substance crimes.
ECDVOTF agents (assisted by Isanti County deputies) then executed a search warrant on Jones’ residence at 5502 253rd Ave NE in Stacy, MN. Another three pounds of methamphetamine was discovered. Three guns were also recovered. Jones is a convicted felon and possessed the weapons illegally.
On the same day, the ECDVOTF (along with the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office) conducted a traffic stop on a rental vehicle from California which led to the arrest of two California residents on fifth degree controlled substance charges. Alexandra Ramirez, 25 of San Bernardino, CA and Oscar Rodriguez, 25 of Long Beach, CA were booked into the Chisago County jail.
The East Central Drug and Violent Offender Task Force was established in 2012 and is comprised of criminal investigators from Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, and Pine Counties, serving approximately 141,578 residents across 2,781 square miles. The purpose of the task force is to improve the health, safety, and security of our communities through targeted enforcement of dangerous criminal activity. Task Force efforts focus primarily on drug trafficking, smuggling and distribution networks, interdiction of illicit drugs and contraband, criminal gang activity and other violent crime.
If you have information about any illegal narcotics, gang, or other violent offender activity, please contact the task force at 320-566-4153.