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Bail was set at $5 million today for the Shakopee man accused of a major methamphetamine operation that was busted by authorities earlier this week.

38-year-old Saul Rodriguez Pineda was arraigned today in Scott County Court on five felony drug charges, including four counts of first-degree sale of a controlled substance. He was arrested on Tuesday after agents with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force and other law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his home in Shakopee.

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The search of the property resulted in the seizure of more than 31 pounds of methamphetamine. The criminal complaint says the drugs were found in coolers that were buried in a wooded area on the property. Investigators also found evidence of a meth lab at the site.

The raid was the result of an investigation that began in Blue Earth County in early September after authorities received information about a man allegedly selling large quantities of meth from his home. The criminal complaint says, prior to the execution of the search warrant, a confidential informant had made three controlled buys of methamphetamine from Pineda. Each of those controlled purchases involved a pound of the drug.

Pineda is due back in court next week.

 

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