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Authorities seize 1.75 pounds of meth after Granite Falls man arrested

MONTEVIDEO--A man identified to law enforcement as "the main source of methamphetamine" in western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota has been jailed, charged with first-degree felonies in Chippewa County District Court for drug sale and possession.

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MONTEVIDEO-A man identified to law enforcement as "the main source of methamphetamine" in western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota has been jailed, charged with first-degree felonies in Chippewa County District Court for drug sale and possession.

Authorities first detained Alejandro Mendez, 24, of Granite Falls, after a traffic stop June 22 for a basic violation yielded methamphetamine, a large amount of U.S. currency and a digital scale in a vehicle in which he was a passenger.

It wasn't until the next day, after authorities reviewed calls Mendez made from the Kandiyohi County Jail, where Mendez had been temporarily detained, that the magnitude of the case was discovered.

Mendez allegedly called a phone number registering to Texas from jail, telling an individual there was a large amount of money in his apartment and requesting an individual retrieve all his "clothes" from his apartment.

An investigator listening to the call suspected "clothes" meant methamphetamine "because it was requested a number of times, and Mendez asked the male if he understood what was meant by clothes," according to the criminal complaint.

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Law enforcement executed a search warrant the same day at a Granite Falls residence where Mendez lived and discovered six bags of meth totaling 1.75 pounds or 785.5 grams.

In jail interviews, Mendez revealed to investigators that he had moved to western Minnesota from Texas recently because of a friend whom he called Flako.

Investigators knew Flako as the alias of Jose Trevino, a 25-year-old Cottonwood man also arrested in a recent large drug bust.

Trevino had been arrested in May after CEE-VI Drug Task Force investigators found 295 grams of methamphetamine and $11,565 in cash, multiple firearms, numerous rounds of ammunition, surveillance cameras, counter surveillance equipment, digital scales and drug packaging material in a home.

An individual told authorities that once Trevino was arrested in Cottonwood, the Mexico-based group for which Trevino works "sent Mendez to the area to fulfill distribution needs and clientele," according to the criminal complaint.

Trevino is facing multiple felony charges in Lyon County District Court for drug possession and sale, gun possession and child endangerment.

Past tips from cooperating defendants to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension described Mendez as the supplier for Trevino's methamphetamine.

They also said Mendez receives meth through the mail, but not at his residence, and uses friends to transport him around to conduct deals.

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Mendez is facing two first-degree felony charges for drug sale and possession in Chippewa County District Court. He made his first court appearance Tuesday and was granted a public defender.

No further hearings have been scheduled. He's currently being held in the Chippewa County Jail.

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