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Woodbury traffic stop turns up alleged counterfeit operation

Washington County prosecutors are reviewing possible charges following a bust in September at a Woodbury motel that turned up drugs and counterfeit bills.

According to a police report:

Woodbury police investigating suspicious activity Sept. 12 at the Red Roof Inn began looking at a renter from Onamia, Minn., with a narcotics history. Police conducted surveillance and spotted a two visitors come to the room.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on their vehicle and turned up suspected methamphetamine and meth pipes.

During the traffic stop, the Onamia man and several others left the Red Roof room. Police conducted a second traffic stop on the vehicle those people were in and searched it. Counterfeit currency, a printer used to print the phony bills and suspected meth were found in the vehicle.

Four people – the Onamia man, a Cass Lake, Minn., woman, a St. Paul woman and a man with no permanent address – were all arrested. A child in the vehicle was placed in protective custody with Washington County Social Services.

The case was under review last week by the Washington County Attorney’s Office.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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