MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two men are accused of possessing marijuana in gummy bags after a recent drug bust near a Lakeville home, according to charges filed in Dakota County Court.
Austin James Hagen, 23 of Lakeville, and 28-year-old Brian David Hiltner of Eagan were each charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance in connection with the case. Hagen was also charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance.
According to the charges, authorities with the Southwest Metro Drug Task Force , with assistance from Lakeville police, executed a search warrant on New Year’s Eve at a Lakeville residence. As authorities were arriving, they observed a vehicle leaving the residence.
The vehicle was stopped, and the driver was identified as Hiltner. While speaking with him, the officer noticed a smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The complaint states in a search, officers found nine vacuum sealed plastic bags believed to be marijuana. The searching officer estimated each bag contained one pound of marijuana. Officers also located 14 gallon-sized plastic bags, with each containing a large amount of edible gummies. A field test determined they contained THC.
The complaint states the bags were weighed and came out to well in excess of 50 pounds.
According to the complaint, a search of the Lakeville residence resulted in the discovery of 183 vacuum sealed bags. They each contained about one pound of marijuana. More gummy bags with THC, and a large number of containers with THC in wax form were also discovered. Officers also discovered several items of drug paraphernalia and a digital scale inside the residence.
The complaint states authorities also found $26,000 in a cardboard box in a bedroom.
Hiltner told police he lived at the Lakeville