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Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and FBI Safe Trails Task Force make methamphetamine arrests

BEMIDJI -- Four suspects in a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking organization were arrested in Beltrami County on Tuesday.

Philip Eugene Gurzi 54, and Tamara Sue Halverson 44, of Puposky; Shawn Elston Jackson, 46, and Raymond Jesse Nibbe Jr., 56 of Bemidji were arrested and taken to the Beltrami County jail.

Narcotics agents conducted several search warrants and seized a large amount of cash, vehicles and other evidence associated with the criminal enterprise.

During the past year, investigators collected evidence of a sophisticated drug smuggling and distribution enterprise established in the Bemidji area involving several other states and large quantities of methamphetamine sold in Northwest Minnesota.

The investigation has been forwarded to the Beltrami County Attorney's office for review for charges.

The following agencies participated in this investigation: FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, Paul Bunyan Task Force, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, ATF, Beltrami County SWAT team, Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force, Beltrami County Sheriff's office and Bemidji Police Department.

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