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Charges: Marijuana Operation Found on Division Street

The Rice County Drug Task Force last week executed a search warrant of a home on the 800 block of Division St.

The Rice County Drug Task Force last week arrested two people in Northfield operating a "long-term larger scale marijuana dealing endeavor," according to charging documents filed in Rice County District Court.

Kenneth Michael Carlson and Anna Christine Drivdahl, both 25, face multiple charges connected with the operation.

Carlson faces three fifth-degree drug charges, child endangerment, and receiving stolen property, all felonies. The drug charges include possession and and selling marijuana, as well as possession of Acetaminophen and Oxycodone.  The maximum penalty for all charges is up to 21 years in prison and/or $43,000 in fines.

Drivdahl faces two fifth-degree drug charges and child endangerment, all felonies. Those charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 11 years in prison and/or $23,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Rice County Drug Task Force last week executed a search warrant of a home on the 800 block of Division St. Carlson answered the door and was detained in the living room. A 9-month-old child was also in the house. Another person at the home, who was not charged, was allowed to take the child from the house.

Drivdahl later returned to the house and was detained.

Investigators found a "significant" amount of marijuana in a bedroom shared by Carlson and Drivdahl and both were arrested. Drivdahl told investigators that she doesn't sleep on that side of the bed and that her "man's business is her man's business."

According to the complaint, the following was found in a bedroom and the living room:

  • A total of 4.76 pounds of marijuana in several baggies
  • Several empty bulk baggies of marijuana, indicating marijuana had been sold
  • Western Union Money Gram receipts
  • New and unused packaging
  • Digital scale
  • $1,092 in cash from three compartments in a bag
  • Loose marijuana located under the bed that could have easily been ingested by a child
  • A pill bottle that contained one and a half pills of Acetaminophen and Oxycodone

An investigator also found ATV parts in the garage and, through the VIN number, was able to determine the parts in the garage were from a stolen ATV from the next block over from June 2012.

Carlson had a 2009 drug paraphernalia charge in Dakota County dismissed when he pleaded guilty to careless driving.

Carlson was released from Rice County Jail on a $1,000 conditional bail and next appears in court on Feb. 4. Drivdahl next appears in court on Feb. 20.

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Jon Y January 29, 2013 at 08:48 PM
The government should spend their time searching for and arresting people for violent crimes not petty weed.
Malcolm Kyle January 30, 2013 at 08:51 AM
Prohibitionists literally don't give a d*** about the welfare of individual citizens. That's you, me, and everyone you care about. They don't even care when their failed policy puts their own families in danger by destroying the economy and bank-rolling criminals and terrorists. The prohibitionist onslaught appears to be simply a war directed at all of us. America, it is time to wake up! Prohibition is a cultural and economic assault on your money, on your careers, on your ability to put food on the table, have shelter, cloth yourself, and even survive or self-medicate. The fiscal cliff isn't the crisis—Prohibitionist control over America's politics and government is! During alcohol prohibition, all profits went to enrich criminals and corrupt politicians. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on education, etc. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally, the economy collapsed. Sound familiar? Prohibitionists, and their criminal friends who live in a crack-house called Congress, are having a ball and it's all on our tab.
JB January 30, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Ok Malcolm. While I am not against legalization of marijuana, particularly for medical use, to equate the illegality of marijuana distribution as worse than the fiscal crisis our country faces is ridiculous. In this case, from the facts available only, it seems the profits did go to to enrich a criminal. Five pounds of weed for resale, knowing that it is currently very illegal, is not something a responsible person will have. Particularly with a baby in the mix. Don't forget the stolen ATV parts from a block over, do you think they magically appeared in his garage? Unfortunately due to the prohibition of marijuana even the economy friendly/saving uses of the hemp plant are forbidden. I'm talking about textiles, food and vegetable oil, and incredibly easy to process biofuel from seed oil. To Jon Y, I agree with your sentiment, and although a person using marijuana is not going to commit a violent crime the dealers certainly are capable of it due to the illicit cash involved.
carol January 31, 2013 at 06:28 PM
I happen to know personally that the atv did in fact magically appear in his garage. a friend staying with them told him it was his and they had no idea it was even stolen.
karen February 04, 2013 at 01:10 AM
People associate with like, kind, quality. Even Stevie Wonder can see they're criminals...come on it wasnt some personal weed, it was almost 5 lbs. GET REAL..THEY DIDNT KNOW MY BUTT!
WiLLiam C Coon February 07, 2013 at 02:22 PM
The Trouble is that "Petty Weed" leads to more and more serious crime being committed!!

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