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Tip leads to pot bust

A rural Crosby man was charged Wednesday for drug possession and receiving stolen property after officers executed a search warrant at his home and seized three stolen vehicles and numerous marijuana plants. 

Working off a tip from the public, officers with the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed the search warrant about 11:15 a.m. Monday at the home of 38-year-old Daniel John Tisdell in the 20000 block of Wolford Hall Road, off Crow Wing County Road 30. 

Tisdell wasn’t home at the time the search warrant was executed but officers found 13 mature marijuana plants and recovered two stolen motor cycles and a stolen four-wheeler, Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Meyer said Thursday. Meyer said Tisdell arrived a short time later and was arrested without incident. 

Police had no direct knowledge that Tisdell was growing the marijuana for sale but Meyer said officers had received unsubstantiated information to the effect. 

“Anybody that has 13 mature plants, that’s a little more than for personal use,” Meyer said. 

One of the motorcycles and the four-wheeler were stolen in Pequot Lakes and the other motorcycle was stolen in Virginia. All three vehicles have been returned to their owners, Meyer said. 

“This was a good arrest,” Meyer said. “We’ve had information on this individual before. We feel like this is a good case because we were able to get some stolen property back to its rightful owners.”

Tisdell was charged Wednesday with two counts of felony fifth-degree possession of drugs, one count of felony receiving stolen property, two counts of gross misdemeanor receiving stolen property and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Tisdell’s arrest also resulted in his violating conditions of release on a charge of fleeing a peace officer from two week ago, Meyer said. 

Tisdell is being held in the Crow Wing County Jail on $25,000 bail with conditions and $50,000 without conditions. His next court appearance is at 9 a.m. on Oct. 25.

MATT ERICKSON may be reached at or 855-5857.