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November 17, 2012

Mankato man arrested for allegedly selling synthetic pot

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An affidavit requesting a search warrant for the box said the car had a license plate that registered to another man with prior drug convictions. Investigators also checked the address on the box and learned the person living there was an associate of two other convicted drug dealers.

Two UPS employees picked Cribbs out of a photo line-up, saying he was the man who attempted to pick up the box. A drug dog sniffed the package but didn’t give a drug response. So investigators used the incorrect name and address on the box, as well as the man’s nervous behavior, as justification for the search warrant.

The warrant was granted by District Court Judge Bradley Walker. Investigators reported finding 100 sealed 6-gram packages, which is more than a pound in total, of synthetic marijuana inside.

When the substance was legal to sell in Mankato, it cost about $40 for 3 grams. If it’s selling for a similar price on the black market, the packages found would be worth about $8,000.

The box was put into an evidence locker at the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department before it was searched, the affidavit said. It doesn’t say what was done with the packages when they were found.

Cribbs was arrested in October 2011 after task force investigators did a no-knock search of his Mankato hotel room. He had been under investigation for about a month and investigators reported finding eight small packages of cocaine in his pocket.

Cribbs pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony drug possession charge and received a stayed 15-month prison sentence from Walker in January.

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