Investigation busts major meth trafficking ring

Multiple agencies, including the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, took part in a statewide investigation that identified a Hackensack man as a leading suspect.

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A large-scale, multi-agency drug investigation has resulted in multiple arrests and seizures of methamphetamine and cash.

According to an April 20 press release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation was led by Cass County and also involved the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, the Paul Bunyan Task Force, Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota State Patrol, Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and Crow Wing County’s Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division.

Their combined efforts led to four 1st degree, one 2nd degree, one 3rd degree and eight 5th degree drug arrests in multiple counties, as well as the seizure of more than 3 pounds of methamphetamine and over $11,000, the release states.

“The case is ongoing and formal charges are pending for numerous individuals in multiple counties,” the release states. Specifically, it says several of these cases identify Jeffrey Lee Thorsen, 35, of Hackensack was identified as a leader in meth trafficking.

Investigation showed Thorsen had other people transport quantities of meth from the Twin Cities metro area to northern Minnesota for the purpose of sale, the release states. Charges are pending on Thorsen in Cass and other counties.


The release notes that investigations of this type often start with an anonymous tip, and encourages the public to submit tips and information through Crime Stoppers of Minnesota. Tips can be submitted safely and anonymously at or 1-800-222-8477.

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