The past 48 hours have been busy. The South Central Drug Investigations Unit, working with Rice County law enforcement agencies initiated search and arrest warrants in Faribault and Northfield in connection with an ongoing investigation involving drugs, gang activity and firearms possession. Because of the nature of the ongoing investigation, I cannot be specific in the details of the investigation or where and how it will continue.
My thanks and appreciation goes out to all the criminal justice personnel who assisted in the investigation. I am constantly impressed with the cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement organizations in Minnesota. The benefits of this cooperative spirit combined with the sharing of information makes it much more difficult for organized criminal activities to operate in our state.
Most importantly, I want to thank the courageous individuals who came forward over a year ago to talk to us about their concerns regarding the activities they were witnessing in their neighborhoods. Their willingness to share their concerns and observations was a key component.
I do not use the word "courage" lightly. Their willingness to get involved shows concern about our neighborhoods and communities. These dedicated individuals took a stand for their families and community and made a difference. The closing down of the distribution network will have an impact well beyond Rice County for some time to come.