Big Lake bust nets 300 pounds of pot and 5 Texans
Suspected of being a stash house, the home on Sherburne County Road 83 in Big Lake Township had been under watch for five months by the time police moved in on Valentine's Day.
300 pounds of marijuana seized in Big Lake.
When the dust settled, 300 pounds of marijuana had been seized, and five men from the border cities of the lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas were under arrest.
Felix Martinez-Garza, 41; Martin Garza, 40; Israel Benavidez, 47; Cesar Valdez-Gonzalez, 46; and John Wisdom, 27, are all being held at the Sherburne County jail.
Sheriff Joel Brott says the men were part of a distribution ring that sold the drugs, and then used the proceeds to buy cars which were driven back to Texas and sold a roughly 1,500-mile trip:
Investigators were tipped off on Feb. 11 that the five men were in Big Lake, and police followed them to used car lots in the area. On Feb. 14, the men were followed to Rogers, where they met the driver of tractor trailer with Texas plates.
When the Texas crew drove back to the home on County Road 83, the cops moved in.
All five men have been arraigned on suspicion of controlled substance possession with intent to sell. Four are being held in Sherburne County jail on $500,000 bail each. Martinez - Garza is being held on $750,000 bail.
300 pounds of seized marijuana.