Agents with the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force and Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force announced today the seizure last Thursday of drugs with a street value of approximately $350,000.   As part of an ongoing investigation started by agents from Cannon River, a controlled purchase of methamphetamine was arranged with Edwardo Francisco Soto, 21, of St. James.

The News Release states, "Soto was located near the location of the planned controlled purchase and was arrested by Task Force Agents.  Soto and his accomplice, Samantha Jo Korman, 20, of St. James were found to be in possession of 294 grams of suspected liquid methamphetamine during the arrest.  Both Soto and Korman were booked into the Blue Earth County Jail on first degree drug charges."

Later that evening Task Force Agents obtained a search warrant for a residence in St. James where Soto and Korman lived.  The News Release says, "During execution of the search warrant agents located approximately 118 pounds of suspected liquid methamphetamine, 404 grams of crystal meth, and a stolen handgun.

Soto and Korman are facing charges of aggravated first degree controlled substance sales ad possession in Watonwan County stemming from the search warrant executed at their home.

Officials with the CRDVOTF and Minnesota River Valley organzation say the incident remains under investigation.