CASS LAKE -- One of three Cass Lake men charged with felony drug possession after law enforcement seized approximately a quarter-pound of methamphetamine in July has pleaded not guilty in Cass County District Court.

Allen Fairbanks, 28, Joshua Fairbanks, 26, and Spencer Fairbanks, 24, were arrested on drug and weapon related charges when Leech Lake Tribal Police found methamphetamine and firearms during execution of a search warrant at approximately 5:25 a.m. on July 10 on the 100 block of Second Street Northeast in Cass Lake. Allen Fairbanks pleaded not guilty Aug. 31 to felony first-degree drug possession. His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 28.

All three men were arrested on first-degree possession of a controlled substance crimes, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Spencer Fairbanks is also facing a possession of a short-barreled shotgun charge, which is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Joshua Fairbanks faces a felony receiving stolen property charge, and could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Joshua and Spencer Fairbanks have not yet entered pleas.

During the search, a Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputy first encountered Joshua Fairbanks in the living room, according to a statement of probable cause. Joshua ran toward the kitchen and officers instructed him to get down on the ground. Joshua stated he had a gun in his pocket. Law enforcement later learned the gun, a .380 Ruger, was stolen out of Mahnomen County. Spencer Fairbanks and Allen Fairbanks were also located in the residence.

Inside the residence deputies found two scales on a desk that appeared to be a narcotic weighing station, along with micro baggies and residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine, documents said. Two packages of methamphetamine, weighing 52 grams each, were located in the northeast bedroom

Law enforcement found ammunition in various calibers, including 9 mm, .45, .22, 7.62, .40 and .223 cartridges, a shotgun with a sawed off 16-inch barrel, a Springfield Model 15 .22 caliber rifle with a makeshift pistol grip that was cut off to 12-inches, a .22 long rifle, a Mack 10 pistol with a loaded magazine, an SKS rifle which was stolen from Cincinnati, Ohio and a Colt AR-15.

When questioned by investigators, Allen Fairbanks indicated he knew a .22 rifle was in his room, the northeast bedroom, and knew of the .380 Ruger on Joshua’s person but said he did not know it was stolen. Allen told investigators he knew of the shotgun in Spencer’s room, the southeast bedroom, but said the other weapons were not theirs. Allen denied knowing about methamphetamine found in his room or guns found in the attic.

Joshua Fairbanks spoke with investigators and said he lives in the living room of the residence. He indicated he was holding a gun for someone and knew there was methamphetamine in the bedroom, but the gun and methamphetamine did not belong to him.

Allen and Spencer Fairbanks are being held in the Crow Wing County Jail and Joshua Fairbanks is being held in the Morrison County Jail. Allen and Joshua have court appearances scheduled on Sept. 28 in Cass County District Court. A future court date has not been set for Spencer Fairbanks.

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