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Pequot Lakes man pleads guilty to weapons, meth charges on eve of federal trial

A 35-year-old Pequot Lakes man has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing firearms, ammunition and over 400 grams of methamphetamine.

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Nicholas Ronald Wynn (left). These four large pieces of methamphetamine -- 1.1 pound (right) -- are consistent with methamphetamine coming from Mexico. The methamphetamine was located May 9 by drug agents during a FBI investigation. Submitted Photo.

A 35-year-old Pequot Lakes man has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing firearms, ammunition and over 400 grams of methamphetamine.

In one of the largest drug busts in Crow Wing County history, Nicholas Ronald Wynn was arrested in May of 2019 when the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division agents assisted the FBI in executing a search warrant at a residence located in Pequot Lakes.

Wynn, who was scheduled to go to trial on Tuesday, Dec. 1, instead pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a firearm as a felon, one count of possessing ammunition as a felon, and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, in the spring of 2019, the FBI learned Wynn was purchasing large quantities of firearms parts and accessories, body armor and other tactical gear, and chemicals and lab equipment used to manufacture narcotics, explosives, and firearms.

The FBI informed sheriff's investigators, May 8, 2019, that agents intended to take Wynn into custody at the Pequot Lakes Post Office when he arrived to pick up several packages.

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On May 9, 2019, Wynn was taken into custody without incident at the post office.

That same day, a team of law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Wynn’s residence and discovered numerous parts and tools designed for building semi-automatic rifles and handguns; firearms accessories, multiple high-capacity magazines; several boxes of ammunition; and tactical gear, including a bullet-proof vest, ballistic plates, a bullet-proof helmet, and a bullet-proof facemask. The agents also located packaging materials for selling drugs, recipes and chemicals for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Wynn admitted at the sentencing hearing he possessed the methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

After agents took Wynn into custody, he admitted he had multiple firearms and ammunition stored in an off-site storage unit in Brainerd.

Searching the storage facility, agents recovered five firearms and multiple boxes and magazines of ammunition.

Agents also searched Wynn’s rental property in Brainerd, which was occupied by renters. The renters advised the agents they had been renting the house for approximately 10 months and indicated he accessed the garage multiple times a week, typically in the middle of the night, and had observed him loading and unloading boxes to and from his truck into the garage.

When agents executed a search warrant on the garage, they recovered two segments of PVC pipe, capped on both ends in a manner used to make pipe bombs.

Wynn has multiple prior felony convictions in Crow Wing County and is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

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A sentencing hearing will be scheduled for a later date.

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