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'Significant' drug bust in Park Rapids leads to 3 arrests

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PARK RAPIDS - Three men appeared in Hubbard County District Court Wednesday in what the county attorney is calling "one of the most significant" drug busts in recent memory.

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Darrol Allen Shepersky, 41, and Harold Glenn Hanson, 41, both of Park Rapids, and Joshua Paul Carlson, 31, of Eagan, appeared in connection with a Monday night bust that netted 90 grams of methamphetamine valued at $8,000.

Officers also seized $2,528 in cash at the Enterprise Drive address.

Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said it was a significant amount of drugs and asked Judge Robert Tiffany to set bail accordingly. The judge did.

The bust was carried out by the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, Hubbard County and Park Rapids police.

All three men are scheduled for court appearances again next week.

Carlson and Shepersky both face charges of Firth Degree Controlled Substance Crimes, possession of meth with intent to sell. That charge carries a maximum of 30 years in jail and/or a $1 million fine upon conviction. Hanson faces a Fifth Degree Controlled Substance Crime.

Sara Marie Vareberg, 28, of Park Rapids, was at the home when the bust took place but was arrested only on an outstanding warrant, Dearstyne said..

Smith is a reporter for the Park Rapids Enterprise. The Pioneer and Enterprise are both Forum Communications Co. newspapers.

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