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Woodbury man among dozens of Twin Cities residents indicted in large-scale drug bust

A man from Woodbury is among more than three dozen people living in the Twin Cities who have been indicted in a nationwide drug bust conducted by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

Many of the arrests were made Wednesday, Feb. 25, and were part of Operation Xcellerator, a 21-month multi-agency investigation led by the DEA, where more than 750 people were arrested across the U.S. and Canada, and more than 23 tons of drugs an $59 million in cash were seized, a DEA press release stated.

The Woodbury man, who authorities are not identifying, has not been arrested and was not in Woodbury when federal agents executed warrants at the home of more than two dozen suspects Wednesday, said Dan Moren, special agent in charge of the DEA's Minneapolis branch.

The arrests took place early in the morning Wednesday up through the early afternoon, Moren said.

"We think we know his location, but he was not taken into custody," Moren said. "We're still in the process of looking for number of people involved with this (operation)."

Many of those who have been indicted and arrested were expected to make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court this week.

Those arrested are alleged to have ties to major Mexican drug trafficking organizations, primarily the Sinaloa Cartel, operating in Mexico, the United States and Canada, the DEA press release stated. In addition to the arrests, federal search warrants were served at 13 locations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Those arrested are alleged to have been responsible for participating in the transportation and distribution of large amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine in the Twin Cities, the report stated.

The Minneapolis investigation was conducted jointly between DEA, Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, St. Paul Police Department, Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Northwest Metro Drug Task Force, and the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office.

"It is a proud day for the law enforcement partners in Minnesota, who worked tirelessly to dismantle the targeted organizations that attempted to entrench their methamphetamine and cocaine operations within the Twin Cities," said Gary Olenkiewicz, special agent in charge of the DEA's Chicago Field Division, which oversees Minnesota. "DEA and its partners are committed to ensuring that Minnesotans have a safe place to raise their families - safe from the harmful effects of drugs on our youth and safe from the violence that so often accompanies those who supply, transport, and distribute drugs."