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November 13, 2012

Man sues Blue Earth County to get back cash seized in drug raid

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MANKATO —

Based on that information and surveillance at the rental house, Nicollet County District Court Judge Todd Westphal authorized a search warrant. It’s not uncommon for judges to sign search warrants from neighboring counties when judges there aren’t available.

In addition to the $9,270 Eshleman claims belongs to him, the officers searching the house found another $1,479 in cash. Two of the people named in the search warrants had cash in their possession. One man had $1,019 and the other had $120, according to the search warrant. Another $340 was found at an undisclosed location in the house.

Agents reported finding multiple jars containing what they suspect was marijuana. They also found what they suspected was hash oil, LSD dosages, a digital scale, equipment for growing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The agents also reported finding several vacuum-sealed bags that had been opened and emptied, all containing marijuana residue.

A drug dog was used to sniff search two vehicles parked at the residence. Search warrants were approved for the vehicles because the dog gave a positive signal for drugs.

Two money-gram receipts were found in one vehicle and a plastic storage container with marijuana residue was found in the other vehicle, those search warrants said.

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