The East Central Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional Violent Crime Enforcement Team made up by the four partnering counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, and Pine. Sheriff Rick Duncan of Chisago County, Sheriff Chris Caulk of Isanti County, Sheriff Brian Smith of Kanabec County, and Sheriff Jeff Nelson of Pine County serve as members on the Task Force Board and oversee the efforts of the assigned Agents.
In 2016, the Task Force was involved in multiple undercover operations and over 410 investigations. During these investigations, the Agents of the Task Force executed up to 70 search warrants and arrested 138 individuals for drug or violent crimes.
Throughout the year, the East Central Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force seized approximately 3.9 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of over $50,700. The Agents also seized over 22 pounds of processed marijuana at a total street value of $69,366 and up to 580 locally grown marijuana plants. Other narcotics seizures include; 2 methamphetamine labs, 10.7 ounces of liquid methamphetamine, 1.25 ounces of cocaine, 2 grams of marijuana wax, 172 grams of THC edibles, 246 prescription pills, and 23 grams of heroin.
The East Central Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force also recovered 120 firearms and seized other property for forfeiture, to include; 6 firearms, 1 vehicle, and $24,750 in U.S. Currency.
Source: East Central Regional Task Force 1/17