MANKATO — A Mankato business owner and a North Mankato man and woman were arrested Thursday after drug investigators intercepted a 5-pound package of marijuana at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
An airport investigator called an agent with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The investigator reported a large package of high-grade marijuana found at the airport was addressed to the Good Day Sunshine store, 627 S. Front St., in Mankato. The package was shipped from Redding, a northern California city with several legal medical marijuana businesses and a known source for marijuana shipped to Minnesota.
A search warrant was obtained by the task force agent before the package was delivered to the store by airport police officers. The package was accepted by the store's owner, 43-year-old Michael Alan Reinhart of Mankato, according to criminal complaints filed Friday in Blue Earth County District Court.
Reinhart set the package down next to the entrance of the store and a man, later identified as Patrick Judson Forsyth, 29, of North Mankato, entered the store and started talking to Reinhart a short time later. An agent who had delivered the package left the store and another agent entered. While the second agent was pretending to try on a shirt in the bathroom, he sent texts to other officers stationed outside and told them to watch for anyone leaving with the package.
Forsyth and a 30-year-old woman with him, Leah Forsyth, were arrested outside the store as they were leaving the area, the complaint said. Reinhart was then told that the task force agents had a warrant and the business was searched. Smaller amounts of cocaine and marijuana were allegedly found in the store.
Reinhart was released from jail Friday night and was at the store Saturday.
"It's kind of a mix up that I got caught up in," Reinhart said. "I was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
He told investigators he thought he would be receiving a package of shirts for Patrick Forsyth. Reinhart said Saturday it can cost up to $60 more to have a package delivered to a residence instead of a business.
The house where the Forsyths live at 846 Nicollet Ave. in North Mankato also was searched Thursday night. About $6,500 in cash, an undisclosed amount of cocaine, hash, hash oil, marijuana and the hallucinogenic LSD were confiscated during that search. Additional charges against the Forsyths will be filed in Nicollet County, the complaint said.
Reinhart and the Forsyths are facing one count each of felony marijuana possession in Blue Earth County.