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Dakota County Drug Task Force Recovers Over 80 Pounds of Marijuana

A Hastings man now faces a felony charge and up to 25 years in prison.

Credit: Dakota County Sheriff's Office "The Front Row" Newsletter.
Credit: Dakota County Sheriff's Office "The Front Row" Newsletter.
Dakota County Drug Task Force agents found over 80 pounds of marijuana at a residence in southern Dakota County, Sheriff Dave Bellows reported in his newsletter.

Gregory Brian Spakow, 34, of Hastings, is charged with a second-degree controlled substance crime (sale), a felony. Spakow faces up to 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted.

Agents watched a confidential informant deliver 80 pounds of marijuana to the residence on Jan. 17, according to the complaint. The informant told them two men took the marijuana and placed it in a shed near the residence. Agents then conducted a search of the home. 

They found "a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance, a metal grinder, a gallon size plastic bag containing a green leafy substance, cash, and documents in the name of Spakow," the complaint states. 

In another building on the property, agents found "a leafy green substance in a freezer," four duffel bags filled with suspected bags of marijuana, a 20-gauge shotgun and seven cellphones. The bags of suspected marijuana tested positive for the drug and weighed 10.71 kilograms. 

The total amount of all marijuana found was 37 kilograms, which is around 81 pounds.

Said Sheriff Bellows in his newsletter, the street value of the drugs delivered to the residence is about $250,000.

The complaint does not include the name of the city in which the marijuana was found.

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Shepherd Yerusalem January 26, 2014 at 12:54 PM
The only thing dangerous about marijuana is the cops that shoot people who have it! Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals' reports. TOBACCO - 340,000 to 450,000 ALCOHOL (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) - 150,000+ ASPIRIN (Including deliberate overdose) - 180 to 1,000+ CAFFEINE (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) - 1,000 to 10,000 "LEGAL" DRUG OVERDOSE (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol - e.g. Valium/alcohol - 14,000 to 27,000 ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE - (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs - 3,800 to 5,200 MARIJUANA - 0 (Marijuana users also have the same or lower incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general non-marijuana using population as a whole. Cancer Study, UCLA; U.S. Funded ($6 million), First & Second Jamaican Studies, 1968 to 1974; Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al. LOWEST TOXICITY 100% of the studies done at dozens of American universities and research facilities show pot toxicity does not exist. Medical history does not record anyone dying from an overdose of marijuana (UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.)

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