Adrian Peterson's brother arrested in Eden Prairie as part of pot dealing investigation

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Ashton Stevenson's mugshot following his arrest last month.
On May 31, one of Adrian Peterson's 14 siblings, Ashton Stevenson, was arrested in Eden Prairie as part of a Southwest Metro Drug Task Force marijuana dealing investigation.

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But Stevenson wasn't charged with a crime and ended up being released from custody 72 hours later. The reason? He never opened a box of pot that an officer, posing as a FedEx employee, delivered to his townhouse.

News of Stevenson's arrest was broken by Fox 9's Tom Lyden, who reports that the chain of events culminating in the arrest began when officers opened a package sent by FedEx from "a nonexistent address in Sacramento to a town home on Regency Lane in Eden Prairie under the name Allen Greene, a person who apparently doesn't exist in Minnesota." In fact, the residents of the town home are Stevenson and his girlfriend.

It's unclear why police opened the package in the first place, but once they realized it had pot inside it and was to be delivered to Stevenson's home, they decided to attempt the aforementioned sting operation.

Hours after the package was dropped off by the cop posing as a FedEx driver, officers returned with a search warrant. While they did find a small amount of marijuana and an electronic scale in the town home, the package of pot sat unopened in the trunk of Stevenson's Mercedes. Lyden writes that charges weren't filed "because it would be difficult for prosecutors to show what they call 'constructive possession' without him opening the box," but the investigation is ongoing.

According to Fox, AP pays his brother's rent, but he might have to start writing the checks to a different landlord soon, as the town home's owner is trying to evict Stevenson and his girlfriend following the May 31 raid.

Stevenson, who was previously arrested for pot possession in Texas and a domestic disturbance in Minnesota, told Fox, "This type of nonsense I don't need on my background or my brother's."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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nbrooks4
nbrooks4

Sting = Entrapment!!  I hate our justice system sometimes!!!

kennyX
kennyX

I don't see the resemblance to AP at all..................

ElRoy LeRoy
ElRoy LeRoy

Aaron Rupar, journalism fail!!! You do know that most MNtans support the legalization of marijuana, right? Is this article written to get W.A.S.P. seniors from lino lakes to pick up a city pages? Are the city pages targeting Maple Lake, MN now? Uhg, get a clue.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Mr. Stevenson sure dodged a bullet.  I've been hearing about this scam; where dealers send stuff via UPS or FedEx to a real address, with a fake name.  They watch the address, and then show up to demand the package, sometimes at gunpoint.  Who knows, maybe the box was for him.  Who cares anyway?  But it's also quite possible somebody bad was going to show up to collect their package, and whatever else Stevenson had in the house.  I'm guessing the Strike Force knew who Stevenson is, and that he'd be able to get a good lawyer, and that's why they're letting him go (and didn't mess around with the 72-hour hold, like they often do).

Shawn Kuiper
Shawn Kuiper

FedEx routinely scans for drugs, they contacted police. The police elected to deliver and attempt a sting.. But sense the addressor and addresses we fake and he never opened he is clear, even if he opened and reported he would have been cleared.. No way to know it was really even for him

Roderic Tiger Harris Sr.
Roderic Tiger Harris Sr.

good thing he didn't open it, then again he might have knew what was in the box that's why he didn't open it.

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

Sacramento eh? So we have a task force on a substance that when it was boxed up back in Sacramento, was legal?

Chris Kurle
Chris Kurle

Law Enforcement fail :) just glad no one was shot by the task

kennyX
kennyX

But then, since he has 14 siblings, in all likelihood his mama had those 14 babies from 10 different baby daddies, so thus the difference in facial features. But I still have to hand it to AP. He could have told his brother, "you are on your own", but still takes care of his brother's finances (which he shouldn't have to to begin with). But I guess blood is thicker than water. AP is a class act all the way. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

@ElRoy LeRoy  What MN voters want in this instance is irrelevant.  This is something that happened in accordance with existing laws, and it has a higher profile than other similar cases due to the link to AP.  Thus the story conveys the facts around what happened.  Why is that such a bad thing?

_Joe_
_Joe_

@kennyX  Yes, thank you Kenny.  We all understood your bigoted implication when you made it.  You don't need to spell it out for us.  You're not exactly a master of subtlety.

Though I find it funny that when we ignore you, you resort to replying to yourself.

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