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10 arrested in drug, outstanding warrant sweep

Ten people were arrested Thursday for allegedly selling methamphetamine in Douglas and Pope counties, having outstanding warrants or obstructing the legal process.

Arrested include (top, left to right) Allen, Anderson, Frey, Nelson, Piere, Porter, Sasse, Skaggs and Swartz.The investigation, "Operation Fall Clean-Up," was conducted by the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force, Alexandria Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Here, according to the task force, is the chain of events that led to the arrests:

While investigators were checking a residence at 121 County Road 14 near Miltona Thursday for 32-year-old Eric Piere, he fled from officers. Piere was seen exiting through a skylight in a shed on the property holding a knife.

Piere ran from the property and officer set up a perimeter. A Douglas County Deputy and Douglas County K9 located Piere hiding face down next to a rock. Piere was arrested without further incident.

Five suspects were arrested for third degree controlled substance crimes of selling meth. They include Traci Lynn Anderson, 45, Alexandria; Patrick James Allen, 32, Garfield; Lucas John Sasse, 30, Alexandria; Adam Wayne Frey, 30, Alexandria; and Deanna Marie Dibley, 46, Villard.

Three suspects were arrested on outstanding arrest warrants. They include Piere; Billy Maynard Swartz, 27, Garfield; and Donovan Duwayne Nelson, 57, Alexandria.

Also, Gary Allen Skaggs, 26, Alexandria was arrested as a fugitive from justice from the Department of Corrections; and Shannon Maria Porter, 34, Miltona was arrested for aiding an offender and obstructing legal process during the search for Piere.

Officers continue to look for more offenders and more arrests are expected for first, second and third degree controlled substance crimes, according to the task force.

Those convicted of a third degree controlled substance crime face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. 

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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