Weather Forecast


Two charged in connection to meth lab in Brainerd

1 / 2
2 / 2

A 30-year-old Baxter man and a 30-year-old Nisswa man were charged Friday in connection with a meth lab within the city of Brainerd in Crow Wing District Court.

Kyle Delane Johnson, Baxter, and Curtis Arnold Larson Stapleton, Nisswa, who were arrested Thursday in connection with a meth lab located on the 800 block of Walnut Street in Brainerd, were both charged on two counts of felony first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine. Johnson, who had previously been arrested in a methamphetamine lab which involved an apartment fire in downtown Brainerd on Christmas Eve in 2010, also was charged with obstructing the legal process.

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division (LADID) agents received information about a methamphetamine lab at an apartment in Brainerd. Brainerd Police and Crow Wing County deputies were able to secure the apartment and arrest two males.

Upon arrival of LADID agents, they discovered a meth lab in the apartment. The lab was not in operation at the time.

Agents discovered the lab just as the suspects were preparing to manufacture methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaints filed against the two men:

• A confidential informant informed a LADID agent that Johnson and Stapleton were preparing to manufacture methamphetamine. The informant was instructed to retrieve Coleman fuel and clear plastic tubing and bring it to the Walnut Street address so they could manufacture “a small batch because the town is dry.”

• Brainerd police went to the apartment to secure the residence to prevent destruction of evidence while a search warrant was being drafted. The apartment owner was contacted, gave consent to enter the apartment and supplied officers with a key to the apartment.

• Upon entering, Johnson ran into another room, where he was apprehended. Johnson and Stapleton were both detained. While being escorted out, Johnson began to struggle and fight with officers. At one point, Johnson violently flailed his head back towards the head of an officer, in an attempt to head-butt the officer. It took several officers to subdue Johnson, who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

• A search warrant was obtained and among the items found was a pile of suspected crushed pseudoephedrine pills, a four pack of lithium batteries, a green plastic bottle that had a paper towel inserted in it and a Gatorade bottle that emitted a strong acidic smell. All these items are needed to manufacture methamphetamine. Officers also located a green plastic bottle and an acetaminophen bottle, a baggy with a white powdery residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.

• In a statement from Stapleton, he said that Johnson wanted to cook some (expletive deleted). Stapleton told investigators that he was following Johnson’s directions and was in the process of drying out the plastic bottle when officers entered the apartment.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at or 855-5851. Follow me on Twitter at