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February 8, 2008

Search nets drugs

NORTH MANKATO — Twelve bags of what was described as a “black rock substance with a pink powder tint” were among suspected drugs found in a safe inside a North Mankato house while investigators were searching for stolen property, according to court records.

Whatever the black substance was, it didn’t result in charges against 22-year-old Adam Jeffrey Kremer during an initial court appearance for three felonies Wednesday.

That’s because Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force investigators weren’t immediately able to identify the substance.

Investigators were able to identify two large bags and 10 smaller bags of marijuana, totaling about 2 pounds; a bag containing 12 ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms and a small amount of hashish during the search, according to the criminal complaint filed against Kremer. He’s charged with one count each of second-degree drug possession, fourth-degree drug possession and fifth-degree drug possession.

Law enforcement officers from the North Mankato Police Department, and Freeborn and Faribault County sheriff’s departments on Monday executed a search warrant at Kremer’s house, 1529 Hoover Drive. They had received a tip that Kremer had property that had been stolen during a string of rural burglaries near Minnesota Lake, Wells, Easton and Bricelyn.

Two Wells men, 20-year-old Andrew Charles Kleinow and 27-year-old Shane Lawrence Santoro, are suspects in those burglaries and were charged last month. They were arrested Jan. 21 after a man saw them pulling out of his driveway after they allegedly burglarized his Minnesota Lake home.

Kremer is not a suspect in the burglaries, said deputy Todd Duit of the Faribault County Sheriff’s Department.

“There was nothing showing (Kremer) at the residence,” Duit said. “He just had the property.”

A 56-inch television, stereo, computer, DVD players, DVDs and 76 videotapes were taken from Kremer’s home during the first search there Monday, Duit said. No charges related to the stolen property have been filed against Kremer.

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