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Nine are arrested over two days in Austin drug sting

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By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

Nine men were arrested Friday and Saturday in Austin as part of a drug investigation into an operation in which vehicles were bought or traded for drugs.

Six of the suspects are from Austin, two from Albert Lea and another from Geneva, Minn., Austin police Det. Brian Krueger said this morning. All of the suspects, whose ages range from their 20s to 50s, are awaiting possible felony charges.

Cocaine and marijuana were the drugs involved in the transactions, which ranged from involving a1⁄2 ounce to 21⁄2 ounces of cocaine, Krueger said. In one case, he said, the transaction involved one pound of marijuana and one ounce of cocaine.

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Authorities made eight of the arrests between noon and 7:40 p.m. Friday, mostly in or near parking lots, Krueger said. The last apprehension happened Saturday evening.

The recent busts should slow the local drug activity for possibly a month, Krueger said.

Austin police, the Mower County Sheriff’s Department, Southeast Minnesota Narcotics & Gang Task Force and the Southcentral Drug Task Force participated in the operation, he said.

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