Police spend five months investigating for only three arrests

After a five-month investigation using staff and resources of two police departments, a violent offender task force and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, law enforcement in Minnesota finally arrested their suspects: all three of them. Two men and one woman were arrested on charges involving methamphetamine. The investigation also only turned up aproximately 30 grams of meth.

Those arrested include a homeless 22-year-old woman and a 22-year old man from Little Falls. The woman was charged with first-degree drug sales and the man was charged with third-degree drug sales. Both have been formally charged and are in jail.

A third man was arrested three days later and charged with second-degree possession of methamphetamine. He is currently in custody awaiting formal charges.

The local country sheriff asserts the most effective means of combating sales and crimes connected to methamphetamine is to keep those arrested on charges related to the drug in prison for as long as possible. He further noted he intends to continue pursuing additional meth-related arrests and relying on the court system to assist law enforcement efforts by giving out hefty prison sentences.

But, what do you think? Do you think police should be using taxpayer money to spend five months investigating only three people to charge them with possession of methamphetamine? Many people in Minnesota would assume that for such a long and involved investigation, police would likely be arresting a large number of people, or at least highly sophisticated criminals. Instead, they arrested three young people who allegedly had very minimal amounts of methamphetamine.

Source: Brainerd Dispatch, “Three arrested in Little Falls area meth investigation,” Dec. 20, 2012

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