Four arrested during undercover drug sale

Four people have been arrested in connection with an undercover drug sale that took place on Tuesday, July 17, at a parking lot in Cambridge.

The following defendants, all with Cambridge addresses, appeared before Judge James Dehn on Thursday, July 19, in 10th District Judicial Court in Cambridge and were charged:

Miranda Jo Gnasdoskey, 21: felony 5th degree drug sale, and felony 5th degree drug possession. Bail was set at $15,000 without conditions or $2,500 with conditions and next court appearance for Aug. 30.

Brett Holland Groves, 21: felony 5th degree drug sale, felony 5th degree drug possession, and misdemeanor drug possession. Bail was set at $25,000 without conditions or $5,000 with conditions and next court appearance for Aug. 22.

Dylan Matthew Niemela, 19: felony 5th degree drug sale, two counts of felony 5th degree drug possession, and misdemeanor drug possession. Bail was set at $12,000 without conditions or $1,000 with conditions and next court appearance for Aug. 29.

Joseph Robert Sax, 19: felony 5th degree drug sale, and felony 5th degree drug possession. Bail was set at $15,000 without conditions or $3,000 with conditions and next court appearance for Aug. 15.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Tuesday, July 17, members of the East Central Drug and Violent Offender Task Force, were contacted by a cooperating defendant regarding a possible drug sale of marijuana for $4,800.

The transaction would take place in the city of Cambridge in the parking lot of a major business. The cooperating defendant explained Niemela would be the supplier who would be bringing a pound of marijuana.

A commander with the task force and the cooperating defendant met at a predetermined location. The cooperating defendant was provided a listening device and $4,800 in pre-recorded U.S. currency.

Then the cooperating defendant proceeded to the parking lot of the business where the sale would take place while under constant supervision of law enforcement.

Niemela and the cooperating defendant met and began conversations which included the sale of marijuana.

During the conversations, other vehicles came up the Neiemela’s vehicle to also make purchases or participate in the sale of marijuana. One of the other vehicles was driven by Groves, and had Sax and Gnasdoskey as passengers.

The transactions took place and the vehicles were followed and then stopped by uniformed officers of the Cambridge Police Department and the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department.

The defendants were placed under arrest and booked into the Isanti County Jail.

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