20 Pounds of Meth Seized From A Minneapolis Couple By WPD
On Tuesday, a Minneapolis couple was arrested in Worthington for multiple drug-related felonies.
The WPD caught Erika Camp, 49, and Shawn Brtek, 41, who was driving through the town. The couple showed signs of being under-influence during a routine traffic stop. The officer had stopped them to check the vehicle rental agreement. He also spotted a marijuana pipe in the glove box. This prompted a thorough inspection of the car.
A white crystal substance was found on the floor of the backseat in this inspection. The field test identified it as ‘meth.’ The officers also found a suitcase containing a total of 61.4 grams of meth in several bags. They also recovered 5.5 grams of an unknown substance from the suitcase, along with $10,170 cash. According to officers, the substance looked like crushed dried psilocybin mushrooms.
Upon investigation by the WPD, 20 more pounds of meth were found hidden behind a vehicle panel.
Both individuals were charged with four felonies. This included one count each of first-degree drug possession and first-degree drug sale. Moreover, first-degree aggravated controlled substance crime with two aggravating factors was charged twice. The couple also violated the governor’s stay-at-home order. This added a misdemeanor offense to their charges.
On their way to the police station in a squad car, Brtek allegedly confessed to a police officer that all the drugs were his. He also added that his wife, Camp, was unaware of it. This seems suspicious as Camp was also found under-influence along with Brtek.
This was the first time that Camp and Brtek were both arrested for criminal activity. Camp had previously been convicted of felony drug crimes in Minnesota. Brtek was involved in a violent crime that’s included in his records.
This information will be used to calculate their previous history scores. The severe scores will negatively impact Camp and Brtek’s individual sentences. Each of them possibly face a maximum of 40 years in prison and/or $1 million fine.
This is not the first time that a couple was arrested for possession of drugs. In fact, it’s pretty common in the U.S., with such couples making it to the headlines almost every month.