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Postal package containing meth leads to arrest

The USPS package, mailed from Phoenix, Arizona, contained 436 grams of methamphetamine – an estimated street value of $39,000.

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A 41-year-old McGregor man faces criminal charges following a drug investigation in which $39,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized.

Matt Brime Bailey was charged Thursday, Aug. 12, in Aitkin County District Court following an investigation involving the United States Postal Service, the Minnesota Bureau of Investigation and the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Bailey faces three felonies — being a felon in possession of a controlled substance, a felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. He also was charged with petty misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.

According to the complaint, BCA special agents, the U.S. Postal Inspector’s office and the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Tuesday on a USPS Priority Mail Express package addressed to Bailey and at his McGregor residence.

Matt Brime Bailey
Matt Brime Bailey

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The USPS package, mailed from Phoenix, contained 436 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $39,000. The USPS inspector found the package contained three baggies each containing a charred like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. The substance weighed approximately 15.4 ounces each, or approximately 436 grams.

The package was repackaged and delivered to Bailey’s mailbox. When Bailey retrieved the package from the mailbox, officers intercepted the package and placed him under arrest. During the search warrant, officers located drug paraphernalia and a .22 caliber long rifle that had been painted. Authorities also located a loaded Remington model 870 shotgun at the residence. Bailey is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Bailey was convicted in June 1999 in St. Louis County District Court for aiding and abetting second-degree burglary, which is why he is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

If convicted, Bailey faces up to 30 years in prison.

Bailey’s next court hearing is Aug. 26.

Matt Brime Bailey
Matt Brime Bailey

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