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Risky Business in trouble over taxes, synthetic drugs

While assisting the Minnesota Department of Revenue in executing search warrants at Risky Business in Brainerd on an income tax investigation Brainerd Police officers also uncovered the business was selling illegal synthetic drugs, Police Chief Corky McQuiston said Wednesday. 

The search warrants were executed on Aug. 17 at the lingerie, novelty and video store, located at 326 Washington St., with special agents from the Department of Revenue who were investigating the business for non-payment of state sales tax. The agents also executed a search warrant at the Baxter home of Risky Business owner Ronald Beattie Jr.

At that time police already had an active investigation of Risky Business for the sale of illegal synthetic ic drugs, McQuiston said in a news release. A new law that went into effect July 1 in Minnesota prohibits the possession and sale of synthetic cannabinoids. 

The Brainerd Police Department advised Risky Business to stop selling synthetic marijuana when the law went into effect. In late July police received an anonymous tip that Risky Business was still selling the illegal products and an undercover buy was conducted at the business. 

While assisting the Department of Revenue Brainerd police also executed a search warrant for synthetic drugs and seized an amount with an estimated value of more than $12,000. The matter has been referred to the Crow Wing County Attorney’s office for consideration of criminal charges. 

The Brainerd Police Department reminds the public that synthetic narcotics are illegal and anyone with information about the sale or possession of such drugs is asked to call the department at 829-2805.