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Two St. Cloud men arrested in Alexandria drug bust

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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Two St. Cloud men were arrested Friday in Alexandria during an investigation into the sale of marijuana, ecstasy and other drugs in large quantities in central Minnesota.

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Investigators with the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force, along with the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force, received information that a large marijuana transaction was going to occur in Alexandria on Friday.

Investigators in St. Cloud said they learned that Derek Michael Glynn, 22, was going to transport a large amount of marijuana along with an eighth of an ounce of MDMA, or ecstasy, from his St. Cloud residence to Alexandria, where he would meet with another person and exchange the drugs for cash.

Investigators conducted surveillance on Glynn at his apartment and saw him leave with a large plastic garbage bag and place the bag in the trunk of a vehicle. That vehicle is owned by a second suspect, Aaron Lee Christensen, 22, of St. Cloud.

Christensen and Glynn were followed to Alexandria, where investigators say they observed a drug transaction in a Walmart parking lot. Glynn and Christensen were arrested and taken to the Douglas County Jail, where they were booked on felony charges of third-degree and fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance.

Investigators said the garbage bag contained about 6.7 pounds of marijuana, and that about 3.8 grams of suspected MDMA was found in the trunk.

Investigators also searched Glynn's residence and discovered an additional 20 pounds of marijuana in his bedroom, along with other controlled substances, thought to be methamphetamine, heroin and possibly cocaine, according to authorities.

Investigators said they also found $13,870 in currency in a safe in Glynn’s bedroom, which is subject to forfeiture proceedings.

Glynn and Christensen appeared Monday in Douglas County Court.

The task force was assisted by Alexandria police, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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