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Task forces make meth arrests in Beltrami County


On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, four suspects in a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking organization were arrested in Beltrami County.  Philip Eugene Gurzi 54, of Puposky, Tamara Sue Halverson 44, of Puposky, Shawn Elston Jackson, 46, of Bemidji and Raymond Jesse Nibbe Jr 56 of Bemidji were arrested and lodged at the Beltrami County jail.  Narcotics agents conducted several search warrants and seized a large amount of cash, vehicles and other evidence associated with the criminal enterprise.


During the past year investigators collected evidence of a sophisticated drug smuggling and distribution enterprise established in the Bemidji area involving several other states and large quantities of methamphetamine sold in Northwest Minnesota.  The investigation has been forwarded to the Beltrami County Attorney’s office for review for charges.


The following agencies participated in this investigation: FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, Paul Bunyan Task Force, MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, ATF, Beltrami County SWAT team, Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force, Beltrami County Sheriff’s office and Bemidji Police Department.