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Six arrested in Staples drug bust

STAPLES - Six people were arrested early Friday after officials executed four search warrants simultaneously in the city of Staples. It was in connection with an ongoing joint investigation on a methamphetamine distribution organization operating...

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated since its original publication.

STAPLES - Six people were arrested early Friday after officials executed four search warrants simultaneously in the city of Staples.

It was in connection with an ongoing joint investigation on a methamphetamine distribution organization operating out of the city.

The investigation was conducted by the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force (CMVOTF) and West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force (WCMDVCTF).

Those involved in the search warrants included: The Wadena/Hubbard County S.W.A.T Team, the Todd County Sheriff's Office, Wadena County Sheriff's Office, Staples Police Department, CMVOTF, and WCMDVCTF.

A fifth follow-up search warrant was executed in the city of Staples later that day.

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This distribution organization was supplying methamphetamine in Staples, Wadena, and surrounding areas, according to officials.

Agents from CMVOTF and WCMDVCTF were assisted in this investigation by the Staples Police Department, Todd County Sheriff's Office and Wadena County Sheriff's Office.

"This operation is an example of the excellent cooperation and collaboration between law enforcement agencies in Todd and Wadena Counties," said Staples Police Department Chief Melissa Birkholtz in a news release. "Agents and officers worked tirelessly to try to put a stop to this drug activity in the city of Staples. As we know, this activity does not stop at city limits and spreads throughout the area. These arrests show that this activity will not be tolerated by law enforcement and that we are doing everything in our power to keep our communities safe and secure."

Todd County Sheriff Don Asmus, Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr, and Birkholtz would like to thank the citizens that reported suspicious activity to law enforcement that aided in the investigation.

The following individuals were taken into custody during the execution of search warrants:

• Duke D. Weekley, 28, of Staples, was arrested for probable cause first degree sales of a controlled substance. This is based on sales of methamphetamine that took place in both Todd and Wadena counties. At the time of his arrest, Weekley was out on bail with conditions of release for charges filed in November 2014 in Todd County for controlled substance crimes, criminal sexual misconduct crimes, and felon in possession of stolen firearms crimes. The charge of criminal sexual misconduct was later dropped. On Friday, Wadena County attorney Kyra Ladd filed a criminal complaint against Weekley with Wadena District Court for first degree sales of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit first degree sales of a controlled substance, and second degree sales of a controlled substance.

• Richard L. Seline, 46, of Staples, was arrested for probable cause first degree sales of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit first degree sales of a controlled substance.

• Erick A. Betts, 32, of Staples, was arrested for probable cause first degree sales of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit first degree sales of a controlled substance.

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• Treasure M. Weekley was arrested for fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, obstructing legal process, and disorderly conduct.

• Stewart E. Weekley, 49, of Staples, was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant for violation of conditions of his probation.

• Kristina M.Campbell, 32, of Staples, was arrested for violations of conditions of her probations.

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