Suspects charged in Danube drug raid
OLIVIA — Criminal charges have been filed in connection with a raid by the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force Wednesday afternoon in Danube.
An estimated 1.4 pounds of drugs, mainly methamphetamine, was confiscated during the raid. Agents also recovered numerous firearms, including a pistol with a silencer and a semi-automatic rifle.
A bomb squad had to be brought in from Hennepin County to detonate a pipe bomb found in an outbuilding during the execution of the search warrant.
Michael Allen Voelz, 45, of Danube, and Amanda Marie LeTourneau, 32, of Danube, were formally charged Friday in Renville County District Court.
Voelz is charged with two counts of aggravated controlled substance crime in the first degree, one count of first-degree drug possession and one count of storing chemical substances in the presence of a child or vulnerable adult. All four charges are felonies. His next court appearance is Sept. 17.
He initially denied any knowledge of the pipe bomb found on the premises, according to the criminal complaint. He later allegedly told authorities the device had been brought to the family farm and he had taken it to the house in Danube, the complaint said.
LeTourneau faces two felony counts of aggravated controlled substance crime in the first degree, one count of drug possession in the first degree, one count of storing chemical substances in the presence of a child or vulnerable adult, and one count of possessing a firearm with a past criminal conviction for a violent crime. She is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 23 for an omnibus hearing.
A third person arrested in the raid, a 34-year-old man from Belview, is charged with fifth-degree drug possession, a gross misdemeanor. He is scheduled to appear at a settlement conference Sept. 24.
According to the criminal complaint, 15 firearms — some of them loaded — were found in a gun cabinet in the garage of the home. Two loaded pistols, one outfitted with a silencer, were recovered in a vehicle, along with ammunition, drug paraphernalia and scales.
A minor child was present during the raid and a second child also reportedly lived in the house, the complaint said. The firearms allegedly were stored within 10 feet of the main living area, and meth and drug paraphernalia throughout the house were accessible to children, according to the complaint.