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.