Eight people facing 18 felony drug charges after drug raids

Isanti County Attorney says arrests involve the “largest meth manufacturing, distribution operation in the history of Isanti County.”

By Rachel Kytonen

Eight people are facing 18 felony drug charges after search warrants executed at properties in Cambridge and Isanti on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 found evidence of items associated with drug possession and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The defendants were all charged Thursday, Oct. 20 in 10th District Court in Cambridge before Judge James Dehn.

The meth lab on the 25000 block of Larch St. NW in Isanti. Photos provided by Isanti County Sheriff's Department

Isanti County Attorney Jeff Edblad said the defendants were a part of the “largest meth manufacturing, distribution operation in the history of Isanti County.”

Charged as a result of the Isanti raid, that took place at a property in Athens Township, along the 25000 block of Larch St. N.W., included Derrick Kenneth Stone, 44 and Lindi Marie Swenson, 51 of Isanti, and John Walter Anderson, 48, of New Brighton.

Stone, Swenson and Anderson were each charged with felony, 1st degree drugs-manufacture methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; aid or abetting the manufacture of methamphetamine; and felony 5th degree drug possession. On the charge of felony 5th degree drug possession, Swenson’s charge included subsequent conviction.

As of a result of the Cambridge raid, that took place at a residence along the 200 block of 5th Ave. S.W.; Harry Dell Anderson III, 37, of Isanti, was charged with felony, 1st degree drugs-conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; and felony 5th degree drug possession-subsequent conviction.

Also at the Cambridge raid, Timothy Howard Gleason, 60, and his wife Shawna Marie Gleason, 54, and Shannon Renee Converse, 41, all of Cambridge, and Bradley Wayne Johnson, 45, of Harris, were charged with felony 5th degree drug possession.

Cleaning up the meth lab.

Judge Dehn set the following bail amounts as follows: Stone, $80,000 without conditions or $40,000 with conditions; Swenson, $40,000 without conditions or $25,000 with conditions and an option to be furloughed to an inpatient drug treatment facility; J. Anderson, $50,000 without conditions or $25,000 with conditions; H. Anderson, $250,000 without conditions or $125,000 without conditions; T. Gleason, $20,000 without conditions or $10,000 with conditions; S. Gleason, $20,000 without conditions or $8,000 with conditions and an option to be furloughed to an inpatient drug treatment facility; Converse, $50,000 without conditions or $25,000 with conditions and an option to be furloughed to an inpatient drug treatment facility; and Johnson, $150,000 without conditions or $75,000 with conditions.

Drug raid in Athens Township

According to the criminal complaint, the search warrant was executed at the property in Athens Township on Oct. 17 at 1:54 a.m., after more than a year of investigation of a suspected methamphetamine operation at the residence.

Throughout the property, law enforcement recovered 35 items that were taken into evidence that included hot plates, meth pipes, glass pipes, digital scales, baggies that tested positive for meth, Energizer battery parts, tubing that tested positive for meth, cell phones, and more.

The complaint also noted that during the execution of the search warrant, on the ground next to the garage was a PVC pipe sticking out of the ground, which tested positive for HCL gas, which was present and very high. The pipe was a dump location for the toxic chemicals remaining after the manufacturing of meth, directly into the aquifer, which can potentially contaminate the water supply. Athens Township was notified and zoning officials are investigating the toxic damage.

The Isanti County Sheriff’s Department, Chisago County SWAT, Isanti County SRT, Anoka County Sheriff’s Department, and Isanti and St. Francis Police Departments were involved in the execution of the search.

Drug raid in Cambridge home

According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 18, search warrants were executed for the Cambridge home, a known meth distribution home, at 10:08 a.m. and 10:54 a.m.

Through the investigation, law enforcement learned H. Anderson had two outstanding felony warrants from a prior drug related incident. Investigators learned that H. Anderson had been gathering over-the-counter ephedrine based pills and bringing them to Derrick Stone where the pills were being used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Law enforcement also learned the Gleasons, Converse, and H. Anderson had purchased an illegal amount of over-the-counter ephedrine from a number of pharmacies throughout the state, and often on the same date.

Throughout the search of the home, law enforcement recovered 27 items that were taken into evidence that included glass pipes, baggies containing meth, digital scales, marijuana, pill bottles and more.

 

  • Concerned Homeowner

    Are our innocent children/grandchildren drinking filth? IF they have contaminated our water supply, I personally hope they end up in a very bad place forever. Addicts or not.

    • whatever

      YOU OBVIOUSLY DO NOT KNOW WHAT ADDICTION IS LIKE! THESE PEOPLE NEED HELP NOT PRISON! THEY NEED TREATMENT AND A NEW WAY OF LIFE! IM SURE YOU ARE NOT PERFECT! PRISON DOES NOT CURE PEOPLE OF THERE ADDICTIONS OR PROBLEMS! IT JUST KEEPS THEM AWAY UNTIL THEY ARE RELEASED! MOST OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED DO NOT HAVE PRIOR CONVICTIONS AND NEED HELP! I HOPE AND PRAY THEY GET THE HELP THEY NEED!

      • Normal person

        Manufacturing Meth for distribution isn’t the same as having an addiction, I’m glad you’re o.k. with these people producing meth and selling it to your family and friends you’re so understanding.

      • http://isanticountynews.com/2011/10/19/meth-lab-busted-in-isanti/ p lehne

        First they have to want to be helped….. second they have to try!

      • jenny

        These people are all repeat offenders…drugs and other crimes. When do people have to take responsibility for their actions? That seems to be a trend here in Isanti County…no one has to work, or take care of their kids, or be good citizens. This is not fair to the people who try to do the right thing. I am sick of paying for other people to be stupid. When do people who work actual jobs (not selling drugs to kids) get help. Addiction is really an excuse for weak minded people, if you really wanted to stop, you would.

        • howmanac

          Absolutely, well said. Generations after generations of this crap. Do people not want more for themselves? I have witnessed the most loving people God has placed on this earth endlessly manipulated and their lives never free to truly have joy and peace after a life full of living for others because they are caught in the war of loving and enabling these generations. So many excuses, so many lies, so much deceit, so much waste, energy, money, time, tears, worry, anger, despair. And all for what, in light of eternity. If you’re going to destroy your life, do it on your own and quit taking from the only ones who have loved you fully, this side of heaven.

      • sean

        these folks may be first offenders but they have been cooking this junk for a very long time! they get jail!!! hopefully lotz of it!

    • Emily peterson

      As a neighbor, I still have not been contacted about this. Everyone I call says I need to call someone else. Apparently the township, county and state care about our health as much as the people making the meth!

  • OUTSIDER LOOKING IN

    IF THIS IS THE LARGEST METH MANUFACTURING, DISTRIBUTION OPERATION IN ISANTI CO. WHY IS THERE NO MENTION OF HOW MUCH ILLEGAL DRUGS WERE FOUND?

    • agree and disagree

      I agree every time someone gets in trouble its always the biggest distrubution or amount found no matter how much or how little was found

  • concerned citizen

    they need help, but your an idiot, they should be in prison selling is different than an addiction.

  • mirinda

    I believe in second chances, EVERYONE makes mistakes or has faults, but there is a couple people who have been drug users and been caught numerous times for the same charges its time to lock them and throw away the key.

  • agree and disagree

    I agree to a lot of your statements but I know what addiction is like and have been in simulair situation most of these people probably distrubuted this devil of a drug not to kids but to other addicts to support there own addiction! And manufacturing this wvil drug is just as addicting as using it! Maybe researching the drug will give a better thinking of how evil and controlling it really is!

  • Heather

    It is unfortunate that drugs are being sold to young people! I am by no means condoning this! I do believe with all my heart; however, that people who sell and use drugs deserve a chance to get change. Throwing people in prisons for first time offenses, that are also addicted, is just allowing them the chance to get out and continue to use and cause even more harm to the society. Not to mention, we are also paying for their stays in state prisons. You people are ignorant and are speaking in areas that you have little to no experience or knowledge. People who go to prisons repeatedly and continue to use obviously need treatment, but will never take it seriously unless they want it. Normal person, manufacturing meth is for other addicts to support their addiction. This, in my eyes, the same exact thing as using meth. If a person is addicted than they will at some point turn to making/manufacturing the drug because it is easier to get for their own use. Again, I am by no means condoning this behavior; however, if these people want help they should be offered that chance!

  • Art

    These people are not first time offenders, they have a drug past and have been given offered help in the past. Meth addiction is a serious issue, but the addict has to want the help that is out there. In this case they have not wanted to help themselves and have pushed the drug in our community and on other users. It’s time for people to take the punishment for the crime, making meth causes other issues in the community, the toll it takes on the users and the things they do to support their habit are listed in the crime section weekly. Thefts, break-ins, copper removal from homes, crimes against their own familes. When will we make people responsible for their crimes, second chances come when they accept responsibility and see what they’ve done. I’m willing to help them but it doesn’t mean we look the other way first on their crimes!!

  • agree and disagree

    You guys should look up these peoples records because there are 3 of the 8 that I know for a fact don’t have any prior drug related offenses…. and they are getting or trying to get th e help they need.

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