Five men indicted in plot to transport hockey bags full of weed into Twin Cities

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The drugs were flown into a Blaine airport on a Mooney M20 single-engine airplane.
A drug plot that involved flying hockey bags full of weed into the Twin Cities using a single-engine plane has led to five men being indicted, according to federal court records unsealed this week.

The five men -- Todd C. Skonnord, 26, of St. Paul, and Cameron L. Christensen, 23, of Andover, and Coloradans Boyd E. Wilkinson, 36, Robert L. Bowker, 33, and Anthony W. Raymond, 37 -- were arrested in late September and early October for conspiring to distribute 132 pounds of weed, according to the indictment, which was originally filed in late November.

If convicted, they could face up to 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charges, and another five for possession.

In late September, a Homeland Security agent assigned to a drug task force got a tip about some suspicious activity at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine. Two men had flown in on a single-engine plane filled with hockey bags. They both seemed nervous, which led the tipster to believe the bags were full of drugs.

Four days later, around 3:30 a.m. -- hours after the air traffic control tower had closed -- the same plane was getting ready to land in the Anoka County airport again. This time, the Homeland Security agent was waiting for them.

The agent boarded the plane after it stopped at a taxiway. In it, he found two men fitting the description given by the tipster and a rear cabin full of hockey bags, according to the affidavit.

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Garretttaggs55, Wikipedia.
A drug agent found 88 pounds of weed in hockey bags that filled the plane's rear cabin.
"I immediately smelled the strong odor of marijuana," the agent noted in his report.

After a drug-sniffing dog hit on the bags, the agent opened one of them up. It was filled with marijuana, according to the affidavit. In total, he found 88 pounds of weed in the plane. The two men, Wilkinson and Hecker, said they were transporting the bags for someone else, but they wouldn't say who.

On October 4, Iowa state patrol officers pulled over Christensen and Skonnord, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. From their car, officers seized almost $80,000 in cash, a "small amount" of marijuana, documents "appearing to be drug ledgers," and several cell phones. One of the phones contained pictures of marijuana, bulk amounts of cash, commercial marijuana cultivation tools, and some texts that appeared to be coordinating a drug deal.

A week later, after obtaining a search warrant, authorities found more evidence on Wilkinson's cell phone, including photos of cash on the dashboard of an airplane. Presumably, this was the link to Wilkinson and Hecker.

Hecker and Wilkinson have already pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy each.

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slphehe
slphehe

oh no!not hockey bags full of marijuana!!

the hockey players are always the pot heads.

NeNe
NeNe

Ugh Blaine is so dangerous and trashy, why would anyone want to live there.

Guy
Guy

more of the same: government getting in the way of commerce.

really?
really?

what an f-ing waste of homeland security time and money

Skywalker
Skywalker

If you end up on the jury for this trial, remember that you have a right to jury nullification!

Research
Research

So they hurt who and might waste away in prison?  FYI...If you're commiting a crime, don't look nervous.  Man up and convince yourself you're not doing anything wrong after preparing for consequences if something happens.

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