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Suspected drugs, guns, $80K seized in Somerset-area raid

Suspected drugs, guns and a large amount of cash was discovered Wednesday after authorities from multiple agencies raided a rural Somerset home.

The search warrant, served at 11:48 a.m. at 2246 71st St. in the town of Somerset, led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer with a history of felony convictions, said St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Cathy Borgschatz.

The suspect, a 33-year-old man, will likely face drug- and firearm-related charges, she said.

Borgschatz said deputies, along with the department’s emergency response unit, were joined by members of the Drug Enforcement Agency and drug task forces from St. Croix Valley and Washington County after receiving information that the suspect had numerous guns in the house.

When officers made entry to the home, they discovered suspected methamphetamine inside, which prompted a second search warrant. Borgschatz said the search turned up about $80,000 in cash along with the drugs and numerous guns.

“He was trafficking a large amount of meth,” she said, adding that the cash on hand was a sign the suspect was about to reload his supply.

The suspect was “not cooperative” during the arrest, Borgschatz said. She said he tried choking a police dog during the apprehension, which led to him getting bitten twice. The suspect was taken to a hospital to have the bites treated, she said.

The suspect was expected to make his first court appearance Friday in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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